University of Guam President Doctor Thomas Krise offered a brief lesson on the school's 5-year strategic plan to the Rotary Club today. The vision statement is "Transforming Lives, Advancing communities," and Krise explained the plan's six strategic initiatives, including number one.

"The marquee items, the things that are worth mentioning, particularly to this audience are the desire for the university to be recognized as a research university," he said. "So the increase in serious research and the attraction of serious research money, to the University of Guam is a very dramatic story that I think even inside the university we're not as aware of as we should be, and I think the community needs to know that too."

He says the second key initiative is leading as a partnership university and as a land grant institution partnering with the community is "very much a part of the DNA of UOG."

Dr. Krise is the 11th President of the school and recently celebrated his first full year. He is a graduate of the Air Force Academy and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and two masters degrees from the University of Minnesota, and Central Michigan University.