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PRESIDENT’S LETTER

Like many students, when I began my college education, I had little idea of what course of study would best respond to my interests and hopes. I chose some history classes that sounded familiar themes, looked to the sciences and humanities for ideas not explored by my large public high school, and harbored hopes that…

PRESIDENT’S LETTER

Recently I wrote to the Wesleyan community about our focus on building the endowment over the next decade. I indicated that our goal now is to direct no more than 25 percent of gift income toward operating expenses. This is a significant change—past practice was more or less 25% endowment and 75% operations. Our new…

PRESIDENT’S LETTER

I am writing this column after meeting new and returning students full of infectious energy and optimism. I feel less like a rookie at the outset of my third year, which means less time playing catch–up, and have spent the last few months thinking about a framework for planning the next decade at Wesleyan—an exercise…

PRESIDENT’S LETTER

The 2008–09 year began with triumph and fanfare as we celebrated a Tony Award-winning production on Broadway. As the year ended, we were shaken by the tragedy of the murder of Johanna Justin-Jinich ’10. In these instances and throughout the rest of the year, I was inspired by the depth and energy of the extended…

PRESIDENT’S LETTER

I spent a significant part of my first year as president planning changes to the economic foundation of the university so as to ensure that we develop the capacity for enhancing our leadership position in higher education. We have been planning a fundraising campaign to increase our endowment, and we have been examining our budget…

PRESIDENT’S LETTER

As the students arrive for the beginning of the fall term, the campus is filled with energy and anticipation. I very much enjoyed meeting the newcomers and their families while they found their dorm assignments and quickly began discovering common interests with hall-mates, dinner companions, teammates, and dance partners. Dance partners? In addition to the…

President’s Letter

My first year as president has been an eventful one. We have a number of bold initiatives underway, but we still have much to do to realize the enormous potential of this great university. In addition to getting to know the campus and teaching a course in film studies this semester, I have been traveling…