Photos by Sabree Hill
Tulane University President Michael A. Fitts never misses a chance to celebrate the excellence of Tulane, and he recently did just that, highlighting an extraordinary year of achievement among students, faculty and staff as part of his annual State of the University addresses at the end of August.
Fitts, now in his 10th year as president, delivered speeches at the Tulane National Primate Research Center in Covington on Wednesday, Aug. 30, and on the uptown and downtown campuses Thursday, Aug. 31, proclaiming that Tulane is “stronger than ever before.”
He dubbed the 2022-23 academic year as “the Year of the Green Wave,” recounting one triumph after the other and lauding the school’s dedicated staff and world-class faculty for its stellar work in research, admissions, construction, finances, fundraising and athletics, including the football team’s stunning victory in this year’s Goodyear Cotton Bowl.
“Tulane University is at the precipice of something special — something unique amidst the landscape of higher education,” Fitts told an enthusiastic crowd of staff and faculty assembled in Hutchinson Auditorium, and later that day, in the Kendall Cram Lecture Hall of the Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life.
“And at the very center of our incomparable impact is a culture personified by every Tulanian in this room — a compassionate, close-knit family of students, faculty, staff and friends.”
Fitts framed Tulane’s relational culture by likening it to physics, with the pulse of energy, high frequencies and complex waveforms combining to create the magic that defines the university.
“Every relational moment brings our waves closer together — whether you’re crafting and leading world-class move-in and orientation programs, challenging your students and co-workers to collaborate in new, innovative ways or simply being there, day to day, for a colleague.”