Five years ago, when President Douglas Covington presented the university’s strategic plan, “A Shared Commitment to Excellence,” he suggested several “centers of excellence” for which the university was already recognized or should strive to be recognized.
 Centers of Excellence
Covington said that centers of excellence “are not a place or a structure but an array of cooperative relationships and arrangements that extend, expand and enhance the university’s strengths in selected areas. They focus attention on programs, provide curricular energy, include both traditional and experiential learning opportunities, and have a core of committed and distinguished faculty.”

Among the centers of excellence identified by Covington are the six we feature here, five years later. Judge how they have lived up to his expectations as you read stories of faculty and students who achieve excellence as part of their daily routines and, by doing so, make better the daily lives of those around them.