Dr. Robert Vartabedian greeted faculty and staff during the annual General Session on campus Monday.
He highlighted last year's successes including a big year for Missouri Western athletics and academics, as well acknowledging growth in the international student population.
Dr. Vartabedian also touched on pay raises. The university approved across-the-board raises of 3-percent in June, but had to postpone those plans after Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced a withhold of funds from higher education.
Dr. Vartabedian said he hopes to offer raises this fall if the Gov. Nixon's veto of House Bill 253 stands. Lawmakers are expected to make a decision on the veto in September.
Raises aside, Dr. Vartabedian says this year will likely be among the best for the university.
"I'm looking forward to this year, as I said in my presentation, with the things going on around here, this might be the best year of my career. So, I'm very much looking forward to it," he said.
Missouri Western faculty and staff welcome students back to class on August 26. Walk-in registration is Tuesday, August 20.