Clarion University celebrated its 149th year of operation Sept. 12 with President Karen Whitney speaking of future plans for Clarion.
The event began with remarks from Whitney, who discussed the plans for the year in regards to enrollment. According to Whitney, the plans include “grow[ing] our enrollment based on offering relevant high demand credentials that students and the state wish from us.”
Clarion has added many new programs in recent years, and the plan is to continue that trend for more to come. “We have become a leader in the state for credentials in the areas of education, business, health and human services,” Whitney added.
Shortly after those discussions, the employee recognition ceremony began. Many employees received recognition for their years of service. Whitney believed that this part of the event was most important. She said, “[It] allows us to take the time to appreciate and celebrate the excellent and inspiring work of our faculty and staff.”
Since next year marks Clarion University’s 150th anniversary, big plans are already underway. According to Whitney, a task force has been organized to help with planning the celebration. Next year’s festivities will kick off Sept. 10, and exciting things will continue to happen until Founders’ Day of the following year. “Stay tuned,” Whitney said, “It will be exciting!”