|David E. Van Zandt, President|
September 1, 2011
Welcome to all new and returning students. Hurricane Irene certainly got in the way of the start of classes, but we pulled together and emerge eager to make the best of a new academic year. I hope the semester is off to a good start and you are settling in.
I extend a warm greeting to four new members of our leadership team: Stephanie Browner, dean of Eugene Lang College; Richard Kessler, dean of Mannes; Rosemary Mathewson, senior vice president of distributed and international education; and Pippin Parker, director of The New School for Drama. Each will play a key role at The New School, and I am delighted to have them begin the semester with us.
As the new academic year begins, we can take pride in many fine accomplishments and New School firsts:
Last spring, I announced our Service Initiative, designed to improve operations for everyone—students, faculty, and staff. Over the summer, we made great progress:
You can read the Action List of service initiatives that have been completed, work currently underway, and longer-term projects being considered at my.newschool.edu under "Campus Announcements."
Last spring, we began to engage students, faculty, staff, and trustees in strategic planning to set the direction of the university for the years ahead. That process will continue this year. Provost Tim Marshall and I will update you on these efforts at a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, October 26, at noon in Wollman Hall. Until then, feel free to email me at email@example.com with your ideas and questions. We all have a stake in making The New School as good as it can possibly be.
To the new members of our community in particular: Students and faculty at The New School take part in everything that makes New York City pulse with productive energy. As you begin your years with us, I encourage you to seek out and discover your own niche, whether in the classroom, through a civic engagement project, in independent research and internships, or by fully engaging with faculty and peers. You are now part of an exceptionally talented community, and your voice is a crucial part of it. I look forward to your contribution.
Finally, even though I have been on the job since January, September 15 marks my formal installation as this university's eighth president. I am honored to be your president, and I hope you will join me at the ceremony and the reception that follows.
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