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Wright State president to give first ‘state of the university’ speech

Wright State University president Cheryl Schrader will give her first “state of the university” address today.

Schrader will make her speech during a faculty and staff awards ceremony scheduled for 3 p.m. in the Apollo Room of the student union.

RELATED: As president, Schrader wants to be Wright State’s ‘warrior’

Schrader started at Wright State on July 1. With less than a week on the job, Schrader made her first presidential address on July 6, acknowledging the university’s difficult recent history.

“I know these last four months have been especially challenging for you and I must compliment you on your hard work, your fortitude and your progress,” she said in July.

Just before Schrader arrived, Wright State slashed $30.8 million from its fiscal year 2018 budget in an initial attempt to correct years of overspending.

RELATED: U.S. News ranks 2 Wright State programs in annual ‘best colleges’ list

The university has also faced multiple lawsuits over its canceled presidential debate and investigations into possible H-1B visa misuse that have lingered over the last two years.

Details of Schrader’s speech have not been released yet but the faculty and staff members who will receive one of the “President’s Awards for Excellence” were revealed on Wright State’s website Tuesday.

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