New JU President Tim Cost focused on continuing to strengthen the University’s core and signature programs during an interview Sunday, Feb. 10, on WJXT TV-4’s popular “This Week in Jacksonville” program.
“At our base we are a liberal arts institution that continues to build around the core, adding muscle with such things as the Davis College of Business, our Aviation program, the School of Nursing, College of Health Sciences, Marine Sciences … those create the hybrid approach a university like ours has to take to be relevant today, and those are going to be the sorts of things I continue to put a lot of time into.”
Cost’s appearance with “This Week” host Kent Justice was one of a number of recent media stops and write-ups that have put out the word about the assets JU has to offer to the community and beyond.
“I love the work our faculty does; the faculty have been extremely welcoming to a non-faculty member,” he said. “The students have been terrific, the staff is very good. We are at an inflection point where we need to invest to grow to the next level.”
With JU in excellent financial condition thanks to the “brilliant” work of recently retired President Kerry Romesburg, and with its attractive and revitalized physical space, the University is excited to reconnect with the community and its alumni – and not just on a one-time basis, Cost stressed.
“We want to do a much better job of having those constant connections” and improving on the stewardship of those relationships, he added.
Asked what makes JU unique, Cost touted its 13 to 1 student-faculty ratio, signature programs, quality faculty and affordability.
A student looking at comparable schools in the North, where annual tuition is in the $40,000 to $50,000 range, “can come here at a very attractive rate, with terrific faculty, learn interesting things in a beautiful place,” he said. “It was what drew me down here, how I built my career, and I’m glad to be back to serve.”
For the complete interview, click here.