If you’ve driven along Interstate 35 in San Marcos in the last few months you may have seen one of our billboards, which includes an image of the university and the words “Dream School.” I had cause to reflect on that descriptor earlier today, when I delivered my annual convocation remarks to our faculty and staff.
The recent performance of our academic programs, students, faculty, and athletic teams have led to a host of milestones and accolades, many of which I reference in my address. On many levels, we are indeed a dream school, and our efforts in the coming years will take Texas State even further.
In my speech, I discussed our efforts to make Texas State safer, stronger, and more strategic. Preparing for this new academic year, we have spent $3 million on safety and security. We are installing 150 new LED lamp posts, adding more police officers, upgrading door locks in buildings, and launching an improved RAVE mobile guardian system. This enhanced system includes monitoring and emergency alert features that will improve the safety of our students, faculty, and staff.