In State of the University address, ISU’s president aims to strengthen corporate ties

ISU President Terri Goss Kinzy delivers her second State of the University address on Tuesday,...
ISU President Terri Goss Kinzy delivers her second State of the University address on Tuesday, September 20, 2022(Illinois State University/YouTube)
Published: Sep. 21, 2022 at 12:24 AM CDT
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NORMAL (25 News Now) - Illinois State University President Terri Goss Kinzy has a goal of strengthening the university’s relationships with corporations and small businesses, including those that hire ISU graduates.

In her second State of the University address, Kinzy announced ISU is partnering with UNITE, a corporate engagement strategy firm that’s part of The Ohio State University.

“Imagine businesses large and small partner with ISU, many of whom of course are hiring our students and our alums,” Kinzy said.

“Our goal is that we help make it really easy for people to partner with us at Illinois State,” she added.

Kinzy also announced creation of the university’s Office of Equity and Inclusion, which will be housed in the Old Union building. The office will be led by Doris Houston, who has served as assistant to the president for diversity and inclusion since February 2020.

Kinzy said there will be a national search to fill Houston’s current position, but internal candidates are invited to apply for the job.

Next five years a time of change at ISU

By 2027, Kinzy said students will be attending ISU’s new College of Engineering. Also, there will be a new 1200 bed residence hall and 700 seat dining center on south campus, plus a Fine Arts complex.

Kinzy indicated she would like to see donors come forward with large-enough gifts that some day their names will be affixed to some of the university’s new facilities.

“We’re looking for more names of those committed to investing in students and the university by boldly placing their names on buildings, halls, rooms, and centers,” Kinzy said.