They say that life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
Today is one of those breathtaking moments for me.
I feel very privileged to be named the 10th president of Adelphi University and its first woman president. I would like to thank the board of trustees and the search committee for their faith in my leadership and experience, especially Robert Willumstad and Dr. Gerry House for their diligence throughout the process and the personal time they devoted to my family and me.
As I address my new Adelphi family for the first time, I thought you might want to know a few things about me: what attracted me to Adelphi; my background, career and my family; and how I envision the future of Adelphi for all of us.
Let me start with my first meeting with Chairman Willumstad. He asked me, “How do you know about Adelphi?” It was an easy question. Adelphi is no secret to me since I lived in New Jersey for a time and have visited New York City numerous times throughout my career in higher education.
I knew Adelphi to be a nationally ranked doctorial research university with outstanding undergraduate and graduate programs that focus on personalized experiences, innovative technology, professional education and a wise blend of liberal arts and sciences. Those tenets speak directly to everything I believe in and work for.
Then there is President Scott’s transformative leadership legacy.
All you have to do is look around Adelphi’s campus and centers to see that enrollment has grown, alumni support and engagement is at an all-time high, students are succeeding inside and outside of the classroom, the endowment has increased and the Garden City campus has been transformed by new and renovated state-of-the-art facilities, including the much-anticipated Nexus Building and Welcome Center opening in 2015.
Adelphi is, indeed, a university of distinction. But a university is so much more than our accomplishments.
As you get to know me, you will hear me say a million times: People make the place. It takes everyone to make Adelphi great—faculty, students, staff, trustees, alumni, family members and friends.
From my meetings with the search committee and in my campus visits, it is clear to me that the people of Adelphi are the heart and soul of the University.
I can see the deep sense of community and commitment that pervades every aspect of campus.
Adelphi is definitely a person-centered university. The faculty and staff are focused on students’ retention, graduation and success throughout their time here and well into their careers. University leadership is dedicated to the ongoing scholarship, research and accomplishments of faculty and staff. Most important, everyone here, like me, is devoted to the public good and the creation of knowledge.