The best leaders create clarity. When everyone in an organization understands the mission, everyone moves in the same direction.

You will find examples of alumni who are successful leaders in this issue: Read our new column, Leading by Example, to start. There, three alumni share their experiences and explain how thoughtful leadership not only benefits their employees, but also benefits their professional growth.

You will also find inspiration in the feature on Dr. Jonas Nguh. Whether he saw a need in his work as a nurse or as a faculty member, he stepped up to create a solution, ultimately organizing team trips to Alaska, Kenya, Sudan, and South Africa to provide vaccines and supplies.

These examples remind us that leadership is about creating continuous change—change that will benefit you, your organization, and, most importantly, the lives of people in your community. I urge you to look for synergies and embrace change.

Finally, I am proud to tell you that Walden was recently granted reaffirmation of accreditation for 10 years by The Higher Learning Commission. This is a mark of the strength of our programs and our university. In fact, the reviewers specifically recognized and commented that Walden operates with the utmost integrity and that its faculty, staff, students, administrators, and alumni clearly understand, support, and embrace its unique mission of effecting positive social change through innovative and purposeful academic programs that serve students extremely well.

Our reaccreditation would not have been possible without the support of our entire community. Thank you for being such an important part of our institution.

Sincerely,

Cynthia G. Baum, PhD

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