When asked what the first thing he would do after becoming president, Dr. Shirley replied that he would focus on meeting people and listening. He has certainly been true to his word since then, and the photos below commemorate a few of his activities.
Congratulations from Dr. Chaffee
Dr. Shirley was selected to serve as the 12th president of Valley City State University by the State Board of Higher Education in April, 2008. Here, he is shown with VCSU's 11th president, Dr. Ellen Chaffee, who served with distinction for 15 years.
Even before he officially took office, Dr. Shirley was hard at work. Here he is shown at the annual Viking Scramble golf tournament with (left to right) Glen Schmalz, Sharon Schmalz, Trudy Collins, Don Kulick, Damian Lewis, and Dr. Ellen Chaffee.
Senator Kent Conrad
Senator Conrad visited campus in August, and Dr. Shirley hosted him for breakfast at the President's House Guest Inn.
STEM Workshop with NCTL
In July, VCSU hosted a workshop for K-12 teachers to spread the use of new curriculum in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics -- the STEM subjects. The curriculum was developed by VCSU's partner the National Center for Technological Literacy (a unit of the Boston Museum of Science), and the workshop featured instructors from the NCTL.
Front row: NCTL faculty and staff Sharlene Yang, Dr. Yvonne Spicer, Dr. Peter Wong and Lee Pulis.
Back row: VCSU faculty and staff Dr. Gary Thompson, Jim Boe, Dr. Steve Shirley, Dr. Joe Bessie, and Dr. Don Mugan.
Alumni Honors Breakfast
Dr. Shirley presents Paul McDaniels with a Certificate of Merit at the Alumni Honors Breakfast during Homecoming weekend in October 2008.
Homecoming is a great time to meet alumni who are returning to campus, often for the first time in years. Here Dr. Shirley is shown participating in the Homecoming Parade. The car is driven by VCSU senior Richard Gruman. Dr. Shirley is accompanied by Jennifer Christensen.
Senator Byron Dorgan Visits
U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan visited the campus in November. In this photo, the Senator is shown with Dr. Shirley and VCSU senior Greg Innocent who is spending Spring 2009 semester serving as an Intern in the Senator's office in Washington DC.
State of the University
Dr. Shirley delivered his first State of the University address in October. His comments included his thoughts on how the university is currently positioned, current challenges, and his vision for growth. A video of the address is available by clicking here.
New Viking Fans
Dr. Shirley's parents Charlo (left) and Skip (right) have become regulars at Viking athletic events. Here they are shown with Trudy Collins, VCSU's vice president of business affairs at the football game vs. Mayville State in October.
The 2009 Legislative Session
Dr. Shirley presented VCSU's biennial budget request to the North Dakota Senate and House Appropriations committees. He is shown here with Governor John Hoeven and VCSU senior Amanda DeKrey (who also testified before the House Appropriations committee as VCSU's representative to the North Dakota Student Association).
Dr. Shirley hosts a game of Black Jack during Casino Night, one of the many campus activities sponsored by the Viking Campus Activity Board (VCAB). Left to right: Dr. Shirley, Brian Dahlberg, Margaret Wilson, Kyle Vareberg, and Stephen Joersz.
Congressman Earl Pomeroy Visits
Congressman Pomeroy, a Valley City native, visited the VCSU campus to meet with students to discuss the problems with the U.S. economy.
In December, 2008, President Shirley traveled to China and met with representatives from several universities to discuss possibilities for student and faculty exchange. He visited the cities of Shanghai, Beijing, and Hangzhou; here he is pictured at the Great Wall of China.
Dr. Shirley attended two alumni reunions in February, 2009 held in Arizona. In this photo (left to right) Pat '59 & Bill '59 Thomas, Dr. Shirley, Janel & Ron '68 Burger and Mary '65 and Henry Schroeder.
Meeting the Merediths
Also in Arizona, Dr. Shirley and Executive Director of Advancement Larry Robinson met with Marjorie and Don Meredith. The Merediths have endowed two renewable scholarships for students who have declared a major in mathematics or science: the Dr. Donald and Marjorie Meredith Family Scholarship and the Grace and Dr. C.J. Meredith Scholarship Endowment.