A new chapter
Dear Albright colleagues,
As I begin my first full week in the role of President, I pause to share with you how thrilled I am to be returning to Albright. I have already met with a number of groups and people across campus, and I’ve consistently observed an attitude of excitement and enthusiasm as we begin the next phase of Albright’s rich and full history.
Over four decades ago, I embarked on the independent part of my life’s journey at Albright College as a first-year student. Much has changed in the intervening years at Albright College, and in Reading, our country, and our world. What excites me most, however, are those values that have not changed here: our shared commitment to educating students of academic promise, and the intentional engagement of our students with our talented and dedicated faculty and staff. This commitment and engagement form the core of our mission to develop and foster the habits of practice and of mind that will guide each of our students to a lifetime of service and learning.
As I return to the place where I began so long ago, I fully recognize that I have much to learn about the Albright of 2017. Our faculty and our staff have continued to evolve the academic and co-curricular programs to meet the needs of 21st century students. We provide the very best of what higher education offers to both our traditional and non-traditional students. I am excited by these developments and the opportunities that they offer. I am eager to learn more about them.
Thus, I am embarking on a Year of Listening and Learning. I want to learn about your dreams and aspirations for Albright. I want to hear your thoughts about our greatest challenges. The most important thing we do is prepare students for lives and careers in the 21st century. Every single person on the Albright campus plays a role in this mission, and I want to hear from each of you.
I’m thrilled and proud to return to Albright College, to Reading, and to central Pennsylvania. As a direct beneficiary of Albright’s interdisciplinary educational model grounded in the liberal arts, I know from experience and observation the lifelong value that Albright offers. Together, we will build on the foundation that has been laid and forge Albright’s future. I look forward to continuing my life journey, with you, here at Albright.
Thank you for welcoming be back.
With best regards,