New President Reaches Out to National University Community

Dr. David W. Andrews joined National University on April 1 as the institution’s fifth president. Since then, he has actively reached out to meet alumni, faculty and staff at a number of events and has been featured in several media articles and segments, including a 760-word article in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The President’s first week was highlighted by a visit to National University from Oprah Winfrey, and a chance to introduce himself beforehand to a live audience of 100 students and 40,000 more University constituents via online streaming.

National University staff was able to sit down to a barbecue lunch with Dr. Andrews on April 14. The former Dean of the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University went from table to table, introducing himself and personally getting to know the hundreds of people who help to run California’s second-largest private non-profit University.

On April 19 More than 75 alumni, students and faculty turned out to welcome President Andrews at a poolside reception at the University’s Torrey Pines headquarters. Guests enjoyed appetizers and a complimentary bar, and enjoyed hearing directly from their new leader as he discussed his background and shared some insights into his vision for the 45-year-old institution.

Before addressing graduates and their families at Sacramento commencement on Sunday, May 1, President Andrews attended an alumni reception on Friday, April 29 at the Hock Farm restaurant in downtown Sacramento. This coming Friday, he will throw out the first pitch at PETCO Park as National University partners with the San Diego Padres to host Teacher Appreciation Night in recognition of San Diego County’s 45 district teachers of the year (13 of whom are National University alumni).

There will be upcoming opportunities to meet President Andrews at an alumni reception in Los Angeles on June 2; and then he will return to PETCO Park on June 11 as National University holds its San Diego commencement there.  To learn more about National University’s new leader, click here.