Dr. Shipley Wraps Up First Semester as University President

Dr. Shipley Wraps Up First Semester as University President

It was a weekend of first for Midwestern State University President, Dr. Suzanne Shipley. 
     A woman who was born and raised in Texas and made her way to MSU in August after being named the university's first female president.
     Her first semester on campus wrapped up this weekend with an inauguration and commencement ceremonies. 
     "My first semester has been a whirlwind, but I've just loved getting to know the staff, the faculty and more than anything the students," said Dr. Shipley. 
     Serving as university president for less than a year, Dr. Shipley has been able to get the ball rolling on several projects across campus. 
     The growth is visible everywhere you look. 
      "I am really grateful to be in a state that's investing in higher education, very grateful to the state of Texas for investing in us. Our goal is to continue to create great programs and facilities for students, but to keep our costs affordable," Dr. Shipley said. 
     Despite the construction seen all over campus, Dr. Shipley was honored Friday morning for her contributions made thus far at her inauguration ceremony. 
     Mayor Glenn Barham, and State Representatives James Frank and Craig Estes as well as other military and faculty members made remarks on their time spent with Dr. Shipley.
     Several MSU students performed musical pieces in her honor as well.      
     Then Saturday morning, it was time for her first commencement ceremony. 
     Dr. Shipley introduced commencement speaker Catherine Davis in front of more than 460 graduating students for the first time. 
     When it came to giving advice to those crossing the stage that morning she had this to say. 
     "I'd like to tell them to believe in themselves. It's a tough job market today, but they've been well educated and if they'll be patient and strong, they will come out well ahead because of their college degree," Dr. Shipley said. 
     Only one semester into her presidency, Dr. Shipley is very grateful for the surrounding community. 
     "Just thank you, thank you, thank you. My husband and I are so happy to be here in Wichita Falls," Dr. Shipley said.