University of Central Arkansas President Tom Courtway — who was appointed as president by the Board of Trustees in December 2011 — was formally invested with the role as president this year in November, at which time he unveiled a new comprehensive strategy for the university called "Framework for the Future: A Blueprint for National Leadership and Regional Prominence."
In the months leading up to the investiture and unveiling, Courtway could be found out in the community talking about some of the concepts outlined in the "Framework," but it wasn’t until the ceremony Nov. 20 that it had a name.
"In that ‘Framework,’ there are responsibilities and there are time lines established," Courtway said at the investiture ceremony. "It may — and probably will — change periodically."
The "Framework" outlines three basic goals for the university: become one of the top regional universities in the south; create a campus that attracts and retains the best students, faculty and staff; and maximize external relations effectiveness.
Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe publicly told Courtway at the investiture that "Arkansas owes you a debt because you have constantly given back."
Additionally, Courtway has been pushing for the Greek Village project, making presentations to the Board of Trustees and visiting other institutions with similar areas, such as Arkansas State University.
The Board of Trustees is currently considering the exterior appearance of five of the Greek Village buildings, and construction on Phase One is expected to begin Spring 2014.