Wright State’s Schrader lays out agenda for first weeks as president

Wright State University’s new president has laid out an agenda for her first three weeks in office, pledging to meet with campus and community leaders and partners.

As part of that, a welcome reception for Cheryl Schrader will take place at 3 p.m. Thursday in the student union atrium. It’s the same location Schrader was announced as the seventh president of WSU.

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“I want to embrace the culture and understand the people,” Schrader said in a statement. “That’s what I’m very much looking forward to.”

The Dayton Daily News has requested an interview with Schrader upon her arrival and official start as WSU’s president.

In her first week, Schrader plans to meet with members of the campus community, according to WSU.

During week two, Schrader plans to meet with leaders at partner universities and in her third week she will focus on getting to know “external community partners.”

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Schrader said that Wright State has “built up incredible momentum” despite the university’s recent financial and legal troubles. WSU faces investigations into possible H1-B visa misuse and slashed its budget by more than $30.8 million in June.

Schrader comes from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, where she served as the school’s chancellor since 2012. At WSU, she will receive an annual base pay of $425,000 and annual allowances for housing and driving expenses, according to her contract.

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