From the President
Heritage University was founded with the mission to bring high-quality education to underserved populations. The university today is vastly different from 30 years ago. Yet our dedication to provide first-generation college students with the education and experience that will lead them to meaningful and fulfilling career opportunities, and to be a stimulus for growth within the Yakima Valley and beyond, remains at our core. This passion is the driving force behind the changes that are taking place here on campus and at our regional sites across Washington.
The start of fall semester brought with it a slate of new academic programs, new faculty and administrators to support those programs, high expectations for our students and a renewed energy for all. Soon our campus will grow physically as we add three new buildings to replace Petrie Hall.
Underlying all these changes is a commitment that each and every student who comes to Heritage University will receive a high-quality education, one which is grounded in liberal arts yet tied to the practical applications that lead to successful careers. What have not changed, and will not change, are the core educational and social values that are the bedrock of Heritage University—rigorous academic
opportunities and social justice— values that underlie all you will read in this issue of Wings.