The following column was written by UIS Chancellor Janet Gooch. The State Journal-Register published it on Dec. 28, 2023.
"There’s an ancient proverb associated with the Native American Hopi Tribe, known to be one of the oldest living cultures in history, that captures the power of collaboration in the simplest of terms:
'One finger cannot lift a pebble.'
For me, this certainly still holds true today. Since beginning my time as UIS chancellor in 2022, I have shared my firm belief that you get a lot more accomplished as a team than you do single-handedly, and it has been so rewarding to see our hardworking faculty and staff at the University of Illinois Springfield work together to produce some amazing results for our students and our community."