Chancellor’s Blog

  • December 1, 2017

    2017 Highlights from the National University System

    As we wrap up the year, I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone in the National University System happy holidays. I also want to thank our team of more than 5,000 NUS faculty and staff who work tirelessly to bring quality education to more than 40,000 students. The dedication of our Board of ...

  • September 1, 2017

    Serving Our Communities Through Collaboration

    Recent events over the past month have touched the lives of many of our family and friends through our extended network of faculty, staff and students who are all part of the National University System. From the devastation of Hurricanes Maria and Irma, to the recent earthquake in Mexico City and the mass shooting in ...

  • August 1, 2017

    High-Choice Academic Pathways

    I am proud that the National University System is dedicated to delivering an exceptional student experience to every learner, focused on student success, and ensuring programs and degrees are market-relevant and aligned with workforce needs. As the population of adult learners continues to grow alongside technological advancement, the demand for new education models and high-choice ...

  • June 1, 2017

    Congratulations to the National University System Graduates of 2017!

    Chancellor Cunningham with his daughter Tressa Cunningham, who earned a master’s degree at NU. In June, the National University System (NUS) recognized more than 3,000 graduates who crossed the stage at three separate commencement ceremonies. On June 17, National University held its Southern California commencement ceremony at Petco Park in San Diego, and that same ...

  • May 1, 2017

    Honoring Dedication, Drive and Service

    NU’s Northern California graduates celebrate with Chancellor Cunningham. As a non-profit education system, we strive to affect positive change in our communities. Recently, I’ve been able to reflect on the many ways in which the National University System, which includes National University, John. F. Kennedy University and City University of Seattle, work toward fulfilling this ...

  • April 1, 2017

    Expanding Educational Opportunities

    The National University System, which includes National University, John F. Kennedy University, City University of Seattle, WestMed College, The Division of Pre-College Programs and the Sanford Education Programs, was founded on the notion of universal access to education, to fostering a seamless approach to lifelong learning, and above all, to student success. One of the ...

  • March 1, 2017

    Cultivating Innovation and Professional Development

    The 2020 Vision for the National University System (NUS) is, "to be an educational system whose graduates are transformed and positively contribute to society." Transforming our students means reimaging education and empowering our shared community of universities. One of the ways we aim to fulfill this vision is by investing in the cultivation of innovation ...

  • January 1, 2017

    System Growth through Partnerships and Community

    The beginning of a new year is invigorating. After enjoying the holidays with loved ones and celebrating the New Year, we’re at an opportune time to focus on goals. The System’s vision, “To be an educational system whose graduates are transformed and positively contribute to society,” is further defined in the National University System 2020 ...

  • December 1, 2016

    "The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Create it." – P. Drucker & A. Lincoln

    Chancellor Cunningham and NU grads celebrate on field at Petco Park. One of my favorite quotes is attributed to Abraham Lincoln and Peter Drucker, “the best way to predict the future is to create it.” I’ve shared these words with graduates during commencement, with faculty and staff members during meetings, and once again it rings ...

  • October 1, 2016

    Giving Back to our Communities – October 2016

    Chancellor Cunningham with Malin Burnham, 2016 Humanitarian of the Year November is the time of year when we reflect on everything for which we are most thankful. And with Veteran’s Day on November 11, the nation pauses to honor the sacrifices of those who have bravely served in our armed forces. While we give particular ...

  • September 1, 2016

    The State of Higher Education – September 2016

    Chancellor Cunningham presents at CETYS University International Seminar on Innovation in Higher Education As we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, I am proud that National University is recognized as a Hispanic Serving Institution and as an active member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities. I am so excited to share more about our ...

  • August 5, 2016

    Exciting News for the National University System – August 2016

    Randy C. Frisch, President of City University of Seattle This month, we were thrilled to announce that Randy Frisch has been named president of City University of Seattle (CityU), an affiliate of the National University System (NUS). President Frisch, who had been serving as interim president, joins CityU after serving as vice chancellor for the ...

  • July 1, 2016

    Military Appreciation Month - July 2016

    This month, we celebrated Independence Day and I was honored to meet with veteran organizations in Washington, D.C. to discuss the importance of providing high-quality education to members of the U.S. Armed Forces and veterans. RADM Rich with 2016 National University Military Scholarship recipients. Spending time in our nation’s capital with veterans, who are working ...

  • June 1, 2016

    Creating Opportunities for Our Students is Exciting

    Graduation is always an exciting time for our students and for the University. However, there was additional excitement around this year’s commencement, as it was our first ceremony at Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres and the 2016 Major League Baseball All Star Game! Our students work so hard overcoming challenges and making ...

  • May 1, 2016

    An Inspirational Commencement in Sacramento - May 2016

    This year, we are making our commencement celebrations truly spectacular as we mark our 45th year and recognize the amazing accomplishments of our graduates with celebrations in Sacramento and San Diego! Dr. Michael R. Cunningham, Chancellor of the National University System, runs in Capitol Park with marathon legend Meb Keflezighi and members of our National ...

  • April 1, 2016

    An Historic Month for Our National University Community - April 2016

    Chancellor Michael R. Cunningham and Ms. Oprah Winfrey conducting a Q&A with National University students following Ms. Winfrey’s lecture: Live Your Best Life on April 7, 2016 in the Sanford Education Center, La Jolla, CA. Photo courtesy of Ken Jacques. Building and strengthening our National University community has been a top priority for me, and ...

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