Got this today in my email...
As we enter a new year, and as I enter my second semester as the University at Albany’s 20th President, I wanted to reach out to our most valued supporters and update you about major initiatives and key issues. I plan to be in touch with you on a regular basis as we work toward our shared goals for UAlbany.
Over the past months it has been a pleasure and a privilege for me to get to know our talented and hardworking students, world-class faculty, dedicated staff, and accomplished and loyal alumni. Every day I become even more confident that UAlbany’s future is bright, promising, and exciting.
One big reason I’m so optimistic is that student interest in UAlbany is at an all-time high. This past year we received a record-breaking 24,900 applications for the Class of 2021, and enrolled our largest-ever freshman class. Much of this remarkable growth is being driven by our two new colleges: The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the first public option for engineering in the Capital Region; and The College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity, the first college of its kind in the nation. Enrollments in both colleges are running far ahead of initial projections.
To maximize the potential of innovative new programs while building on existing areas of excellence, this fall I began a “Listening and Learning Tour,” visiting all nine of our schools and colleges and many other internal and external stakeholders. Five core priorities have emerged from these conversations: Student Success, Research Excellence, Diversity and Inclusion, Internationalization, and Public Engagement and Community Outreach.
To accelerate our progress on these priorities, we are moving swiftly to complete a strategic plan that will guide our work over the next five years. At the same time, I am working closely with my leadership team on numerous important issues, including a new financial model to ensure we have the resources to sustain UAlbany’s trajectory.
Key to that effort will be the success of our $150 million comprehensive campaign, This Is Our Time, now in its quiet phase. With help from you and fellow 1844 Society and Heritage Circle Society members, gifts and pledges to the campaign have already surpassed $86 million. These gifts are already at work—strengthening student scholarships, expanding internship opportunities, and supporting faculty research.
As we continue to build on our achievements and seize new opportunities, we are poised to claim our place as a leading public research university. I want to thank you for your support and partnership as we write the next chapters of UAlbany’s history together.
President, University at Albany