Mission, Vision and Values
Move Forward By Giving Back.
Our campus is guided by the motto “Not to be served, but to serve."
This phrase, "Not to be served, but to serve," guides our mission and values, and all that we do to create a culture in which we strive to become philanthropic and effective community members.
Queens University of Charlotte aims to provide transformative educational experiences that nurture intellectual curiosity, promote global understanding, encourage ethical living and prepare individuals for purposeful and fulfilling lives.
Queens University of Charlotte will be recognized as a leading comprehensive university, distinguished by its commitment to transforming the lives of its students and enhancing the intellectual and cultural fabric of its community.
To fulfill its mission and its vision, Queens University of Charlotte acts upon the following values:
The Importance of Inclusion.
At Queens, we recognize that human identities and qualities — and the diversity of them within our campus and community — provide us all with an opportunity to learn and grow.
We are committed to fostering a culture that promotes diversity, equity, inclusion and access for students, faculty, staff and the community around us. And we believe that this commitment is vital in our quest to provide transformative educational experiences that nurture intellectual curiosity, promote global understanding, transform students' lives and foster personal and professional success.
Leading By Example.
The 21st president of Queens, Daniel G. Lugo, is a distinguished higher education professional and inspirational leader known for innovative resource development. Lugo began his service as president of Queens University of Charlotte on July 1, 2019. He was named president after serving in key leadership positions at three of the nation's leading liberal arts institutions. These roles included vice president of college advancement at Colby College, vice president and dean of admission and financial aid at Franklin and Marshall College, and associate dean of admissions at Carleton College.
"In today’s world, personal and professional achievement rarely has a straight trajectory," Lugo writes. "What is far more valuable is a mindset — a mindset that emphasizes flexibility, integrity, critical thinking skills, a strong work ethic, leadership, a global perspective, and an ability to respond quickly to both challenges and opportunities.
"At Queens, we nurture this mindset."
History of the Motto
The motto non ministrari sed ministrare, or "not to be served, but to serve," is not just a saying at Queens, but a way of life for students, faculty, and staff. Giving to others is one of the core principles that are taught at Queens. Queens University of Charlotte adopted the motto in 1930 from the seal of Chicora College for Women when the school merged with Queens. Non ministrari sed ministrare replaced the original Queens College motto of nisi dominus frustra which translates as "without the Lord, everything is in vain." The non ministrati sed ministrare motto is displayed to this day on Queens' current seal.
Students now do many different forms of service. In the 2011-12 academic year, students, faculty, and staff were challenged to do over 75,000 hours of community service. The Queens community exceeded this goal and completed 80,353 service hours.
Whether it is in the in class where students do service projects in the Charlotte community, or through various clubs and organizations and Greek life, or on international mission trips, the students of Queens are changing the world around them.