HARTSVILLE, SC (September 12, 2021) - In an open letter to philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, Coker University President Natalie J. Harder made a passionate case for how Coker fits Scott's vision for successfully addressing inequities and providing educational and life opportunities to so many.
"After a year on campus, I can say I am astounded by the spirit and commitment of the Coker family to do all it can to reimagine our college and overcome the challenges that have closed down far too many colleges like us. Earlier this year, we adopted a new strategic plan focused on student success, work environment and culture, vibrant communities, and financial health. This plan was developed by our faculty and staff, from the bottom up. It is a reflection of our aspirations as an organization, not what leadership is imposing on its employees. As a result, I am confident we will achieve all we have laid out for the next five years," Harder wrote.
Dr. Harder highlighted a number of specific efforts to develop new degree programs, while highlighting Coker's "commitment to all students."
The full essay can be found on Medium at: https://medium.com/@CokerUniversity/an-open-letter-to-mackenzie-scott-40b9fa7fe0ea