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Dear members of the Adelphi community,
When I came to Adelphi in 2000 as the ninth president, I made a promise that we would put our finances in order, that enrollment would grow with well-prepared students, that we would bring accreditations up to the highest level, and that we would restore integrity to our university as a place active in the community. I reaffirmed this promise in 2007 when we launched the University’s first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign. I can say with confidence that, working together, we not only fulfilled this pledge, we exceeded it. Today, I share with you the decision that I presented to the Board of Trustees earlier this year: on July 1, 2015, upon completion of my 15th year as president, I will conclude my service in this role and commence my role as president emeritus and University professor.
Adelphi is at the strongest point in its history. We have succeeded in creating a dynamic university with excellent and highly relevant programs focused on student success. Our endowment has tripled, undergraduate enrollment has grown by 63 percent, the number of full-time faculty has increased from 194 to 340, and we have achieved the highest graduation rates among comprehensive private colleges in the Long Island region. Annual giving by undergraduate alumni, one indicator of engagement, continues to grow every year and is trending towards 10 percent—up from 2 percent at the start of my tenure. We have added or renovated more than 500,000 square-feet of state-of-the-art facilities while maintaining our “A” rating by Standard & Poor’s. And, now more than ever, we value our alumni and community partners as we continue to address regional, national and global issues.
The next phase of our efforts will be the completion of the Nexus Building and Welcome Center in the summer of 2015. This state-of-the-art facility will be a new front door to the University, bringing together the College of Nursing and Public Health, the Center for Health Innovation, classrooms and nursing labs, as well as student support services, the Center for Career Development and University Admissions. “Nexus” is the culmination of our focus on student success brought to fruition through collaboration among the staff, faculty, students and the Board of Trustees. Working together, we have transformed Adelphi.
Like many transitions, this one is bittersweet. My role as Adelphi’s president has been, and will be for the next 15 months, the pinnacle of my career. Together, we have rebuilt the University through principles, purpose and passion, and I look forward to continuing to serve Adelphi in my new roles.
My dedication to Adelphi remains steadfast. 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 and look forward to working in partnership with you to sustain the momentum we have generated. It is an honor to be a part of this exciting community.
We will keep the campus updated on the progress of the search through this presidential search website. Today, I am not saying farewell; rather, I offer my thanks for your confidence in our direction, for your commitment to Adelphi and for your friendship.
Together, we will continue to deliver on promises made.
Robert A. Scott