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Adelphi University President Robert A. Scott to Conclude His Service as President on July 1, 2015 After 15 Years in the Role

On March 26, 2014, President Robert A. Scott announced his decision to conclude his service as president of Adelphi in July 2015 at the end of his 15th year in the role. “I look forward to contributing to Adelphi in my new roles as president emeritus and University professor,” Dr. Scott wrote in a letter to Adelphi alumni and friends.

“My dedication to Adelphi remains steadfast,” Dr. Scott expressed in a letter to Adelphi students, faculty and staff. “I will complete the important work set forth in our strategic plan as I continue to cheer on our student athletes, applaud our performers and seek the counsel of faculty, staff and alumni. There is important work ahead that requires the same intensity of focus that has enabled us to reach this point. I am as optimistic as ever about Adelphi’s future.”

Under Dr. Scott’s leadership, Adelphi has thrived and is arguably at the strongest point in its history. In less than 15 years, the endowment has tripled, undergraduate enrollment has grown by 63 percent and graduation rates have climbed to become the highest among comprehensive private colleges on Long Island. Annual giving by undergraduate alumni continues to grow and is trending towards 10 percent—up from 2 percent in 2000. The addition and renovation of more than 500,000 square-feet of state-of-the art facilities has already transformed the Garden City Campus, and the much-anticipated Nexus Building and Welcome Center to open in 2015 will further benefit students, faculty and alumni.

Robert B. Willumstad, (Hon.) ’05, chair of the Adelphi Board of Trustees, publicly thanked Dr. Scott for his exceptional service, noting that he “has been the driving force of the transformation that has taken place at Adelphi since 2000.”

The Adelphi University Board of Trustees will be undertaking a national search for the University’s 10th president. An executive search firm will be assisting in the search. A search committee will be established that will include representation from the board, the faculty, the student body and the administration.

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