Posted by Bob Logan on Mar 23, 2018
To the UA and the Tucson Community,
Thank you all for such a warm welcome. I am thrilled to be here at the University of Arizona. From the open house at Old Main on my first day, to lunch with students in the Union, and a stop at UAHS to wish our medical school transition students good luck on their finals, this is just the beginning. 
The University has a legacy of creating big ideas and finding big solutions. With our history as a flagship institution of national stature, we are well-positioned to be leaders in a rapidly changing world. It’s your talent and persistence that make the UA a world-class institution. I am eager to learn more about all of you.
The backdrop for our strategic planning is the worldwide influence of the convergence of the physical, biological and digital sciences, known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution. We are ideally positioned to exercise true leadership in higher education at this time of unprecedented change. We are a top research university, and we offer a student-centered education. Our strengths include the arts and humanities, science and technology, interdisciplinary research and 100% Engagement. More than a dozen programs are ranked in the top 50 by U.S. News & World Report.
In undertaking the strategic planning for the University, it is equally important for us to understand those areas where we can improve. It is my intention for the UA to become a U.S. News top 100 university overall, and place in the top 50 among public institutions. Toward that effort, we will focus on student enrollment, retention and graduation rates. We will make thoughtful recommendations to the Board of Regents on our tuition and fees, recognizing both the environment of our competitive set of universities and the financial impact of the cost of higher education. We will increase our research activity and productivity
I have always strived to meet challenges in my life. When I look at what the University has accomplished while addressing its own challenges, I know I am in the right place. But I still have a lot to learn about the UA. I look forward to working with you as we continue to improve the lives of Arizonans and the world.
Thank you for a truly inspiring welcome, and for all that you do for the University of Arizona. 

Most sincerely,
Robert C. Robbins
The University of Arizona