As an avid basketball fan, spring is one of my favorite times of year. The NCAA championships are decided and professional basketball is just around the corner. One of the things that I’ve admired most is a defensive tactic called the “full-court press.” In the maneuver, a team intensely focuses on controlling the game by stifling the opposing team’s offense from one end of the court to the other. More often than not, this activity changes the course of the game in favor of the team who effectively executes the “press.”
Today, a full-court press would help Albany State University overcome some of our most pressing challenges and propel us to the next level of effectiveness. Yesterday, I held the first of several planned town hall meetings. I wanted to share with our team an examination of where we are in the game. Our analysis clearly shows that there are some areas that require a renewed focus if we are to continue epitomizing the endearing phrase “the Unsinkable Albany State.” Just as a leading team vying for a championship title aggressively protects its lead with a full-court defense, as supporters of this great institution, we must act defensively and aggressively to tackle several issues. Our enrollment is an area that needs immediate attention to sustain our viability. I am asking each of you to accept this urgent challenge to execute a “full-court press” to help recruit friends, family and even strangers to become a part of the Golden Rams family.
We must recruit, retain and graduate students who will contribute to the success of our region and the global economy. I challenge each of you to press harder than ever before and join me and our admissions team as we seek to recruit the next generation of leaders, problem solvers and critical thinkers. Our success depends on it.