“I am mindful that the journey into the new frontier of education will be difficult. But, I’m reminded of a presidential candidate who, once in 1960, stood on a chair in front of Rogers Hall on a bright spring day and addressed the students of West Liberty State College. Two years later as President, John Kennedy would speak of the challenges of a new frontier—in that case, a new frontier in space. Speaking at Rice University he said: ‘We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because the challenge is one that we are willing to accept; one we are unwilling to postpone, and one in which we intend to win.’ Madame Chair and members of the Board of Governors; fellow administrators and members of the faculty and staff; benefactors and supporters of West Liberty State College—Let us join together in a common vision: We shall choose to move from a good college to a great university, not because it’s easy, but because it’s hard; because the challenge is one that we’re not only willing to accept, but that we must accept; it’s one that we’re unwilling to postpone; and one in which—with God’s guidance—we intend to succeed.”
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