Inaugural Address

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Gregory P. Crawford
October 10, 2016

Fourth: Virtuous Leadership

It provides a path to accomplishing the good things we want for everyone, moving beyond division and misunderstanding.

In response to the demands of today's dynamic global environment, Miami is committed to preparing broadly proficient thought- and service-leaders who are positioned to advance humanity. Miamians are inclined to make higher education more meaningful through the pursuit of truth and are constantly seeking the good in others. We cultivate intellectual virtues—compassion, curiosity, courage, and a commitment to diversity—alongside an insatiable desire to know and a keen capacity for reasoned deliberation.

We know that society is looking to universities for solutions, not only in science and technology, but also in the ability to uplift the well-being and mutual understanding of people across the globe. This transformation starts with ourselves individually and as a community, the result of the education and opportunities for personal growth here at Miami.

We know that society is looking to universities for solutions, not only in science and technology, but also in the ability to uplift the well-being and mutual understanding of people across the globe. This transformation starts with ourselves individually and as a community, the result of the education and opportunities for personal growth here at Miami.

An exemplary model of virtuous leadership at Miami rose to the national stage last month. Daryl Baldwin, director of the Myaamia Center, was the first Miami professor to receive a MacArthur Genius Grant and the first in Ohio since 2004. His passion has inspired the revitalization of the Miami Tribe's language and culture along with other cultural restoration beyond that of the tribe. Miami Tribe students are thriving here at levels far above the national average for Native American students, while many of their fellow students are gaining access to rich cultural resources and in-depth research opportunities tied to the preservation of language and culture.

We are shaped by Miami to dedicate ourselves to this type of service for a lifetime of meaningful connections and rewarding work. Virtuous leadership involves the virtues of humility, service, perseverance, and especially optimism. We acknowledge that we need to grow and change, and we dedicate ourselves to continuing the process no matter the obstacles. We also believe that the future can be better than the past and that we can be leaders in making it better.

We have a strong foundation for virtuous leadership. Miami's Lockheed Martin Leadership Institute cultivates future leaders who can flourish through development of communication skills, change management, and self-knowledge. The Miami Humanities Center brings together faculty, students, and others to increase knowledge of culture and human experience. The JANUS Forum exemplifies the free expression of opposing views through civil and rigorous debate, helping develop leaders who can understand viewpoints beyond their own. A new co-major in arts management provides a path for those with a passion for the beauty and unifying potential of the arts to become leaders who ensure that artists thrive. Our successful Bridges and Summer Scholars programs are opening the minds of high school students to the possibilities of their own leadership potential.

The scope of such contributions will only multiply as we include more perspectives, engage more partners on campus and beyond, and direct our success to the benefit of our city, our state, our nation, and our world. Virtuous leadership requires that we be engaged in important connections around the globe, but the surest hope for our success are the connections you see here today—the Miami family, our community members, and our friends gathered to celebrate our past, present, and future.

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