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President’s Message

Volume 37, Issue 2

As we successfully completed a year unlike any we have seen before, I am grateful, and knew that the Dragon family would rise to the challenge. In a time unlike any other, Tiffin University proved its remarkable ability to innovate and adapt in a world of new realities.

While we all faced unprecedented challenges this past academic year that we never imagined, the time has underscored the importance of relationships and connectivity, of humanity and kindness and of strength and resilience. These are examples we have seen time and time again through the actions of the TU community.

One fact that has come to light is that we are Dragon Strong. Despite the unusual year, Tiffin University flourished and gained momentum. We welcomed 538 new students to campus, including new first-year and transfer students (both domestic and international). We developed several new concentrations that will be offered beginning the fall of 2021, aligning the University with the changing workforce to better prepare students for future success. Tiffin University has been named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education through 2025. This prestigious title places Tiffin University among a select group of universities that meet the federal government’s criteria for demonstrating a commitment to cybersecurity education. Lastly, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) reaffirmed our accreditation through 2029 – 2030, the maximum length allowed. All of these achievements are the result of Tiffin University’s hard-working employees, students, alumni and donors.

During this moment in history, recognizing our strength is a powerful act. We celebrate how strong our Dragons are in this issue of Challenge Magazine. In the pages ahead, you will read about the past year, during the pandemic, and all that has happened with our students, friends and alumni. Most importantly, you will learn about our Dragon Plan and how we safely navigated through the pandemic. You will take a glimpse at a student who rewrites the rules as a female athlete. Read about the extraordinary success of an alumna who traveled the world, or the story of an alumnus who became a CEO before the age of thirty.

When I look back on this time in years to come, I will remember it primarily as a period when we drew on the University’s strength, collaboration and tenacity. These qualities will continue to push us through the pandemic and beyond. While this moment is far from over, I am certain that we will emerge from it stronger and begin the 2021-2022 academic year with great eagerness. We will face many challenges together, but I am confident that we will get through because we are Tiffin University.

Dr. Lillian B. Schumacher

President of Tiffin University