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Published April 20, 2011, 09:38 PM

President Robert Kelley Delivers New Vision For UND

University of North Dakota President Robert Kelley talked to students and staff about a new vision for UND on Wednesday.

President Kelley is pushing to make UND "exceptional" through vision, priorities, communications and the future.

University of North Dakota President Robert Kelley wants UND to start thinking and communicating Exponentially.

"I think an 'exceptional UND' will in every way maximize the student learning experience. I think we need to be challenging, we need to reward our students, we need to find ways in every way we can focus on resources and opportunities," said Kelley.

Kelley wants to expand the campus to downtown and bring more businesses to UND, creating a University Village. He wants to shape students' minds, and the faculty's, as well.

Students and staff say Kelley's "Exponential Vision" will benefit the university in more ways than one.

"It's very exciting to see president Kelley has a very straight forward vision and the first thing I noticed was his first initiatives involving students and that's important to me and my role to make sure that students are at the forefront of every decision that he makes and everything was student minded," said UND student Kylie Oversen.

"Any way we can find to really enhance our work force and really collaborate with students and just really focus on just having students work at the university and listening to their perspectives its definitely important for long-term success and ultimately this vision will help us to do that," said faculty member Mike Little.

President Kelley says he can't do it alone.

"Communicate amongst yourselves about the future that you will bring the exceptional university of North Dakota talk to others outside find ways in which their thinking," said Kelley.

UND will be placing all of its updates on their new vision on the UND website.