Universities exist to change people’s lives. There are many directions that a university can take in defining its fundamental purpose. As we work to define ours at Southern it may be worthwhile to take a brief look back. The university was originally shaped as a normal school, and later recast as a research university during the Morris years. My sense of a research university is influenced heavily by the land grant tradition. As I understand our history at Southern, this influence was also strong in Morris’ view of the university.