“We continue to move forward with new programs,” he said during the convocation.
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The school welcomed more than 580 freshmen last week and now has about 1,800 students on campus. Officials have said they hope to get enrollment up to 2,000 soon.
Wittenberg must embrace change, Frandsen said, if it wants to continue to move forward.
“We must continue to evolve in what we teach and how we teach it,” he said.
Many Wittenberg students attended the convocation. Quang Nguyen, who is an international student from Vietnam, said he was impressed with the new president.
“It was a wonderful speech,” Nguyen said. “He told us about his background and where he grew up and how he became successful.”
He said he has enjoyed his time in Springfield so far.
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“The community, I like it,” he said. “I visited the city on a tour and I was impressed.”
Freshman Macy Pannell, from Columbus, said she is also liked Frandsen.
“It seems like he has the schools best interest at heart,” she said. “He seemed to communicate and connect with us.”