It strikes me that the title of this email from the provost is grammatically incorrect. It should be an exceptional learning community. I wouldn't say, I want to be the exceptional professor of Spanish.* Also, what is exceptional about professing the exact same values as every other university? Nobody else talks about being excellent, right? We are the exception! Of course, I realize this is aspirational. No administrator is going to talk about how mediocre the school is. At least we're not West Virginia or SUNY Albany.
*Maybe, though, it's like saying "becoming the complete musician," the ideal Platonic form of something?