Dear Friend of the College,
Welcome to the July 2011 e-newsletter for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Inside A&S.
For the past year, I’ve had the honor of serving as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University, and come August, my tenure as Dean will end as our community welcomes Dean Jean Ann Linney, Ph.D., to the College.
I want to take a moment to thank you for your extraordinary support and cooperation during the 2010-2011 academic year. It has been a sincere pleasure for me to work with you to advance the mission of our College and to improve the quality of the academic programs and services that we offer our students.
The College seeks to offer its students a premier liberal arts and sciences college experience within the context of a Catholic, Augustinian understanding of the rich Christian tradition we have inherited, and together, we have paved the way for the culmination of this vision and many future successes.
Among our many accomplishments of this past year are the College’s new core curriculum and Office for Undergraduate Students, both of which reflect our shared desire to provide our students with the very best education and support services possible. In addition, I truly enjoyed working with Gary Olson and the Alumni Office as well as our fine Development staff.
As I reflect on this remarkable year, I am reminded of my many interactions with you, the alumni, faculty, staff, and administration of our College.
Meeting – or more often – reconnecting with former students was perhaps the highlight of my year’s experiences. I can say with complete assurance to my faculty colleagues that we have touched our students’ lives, and they truly appreciate their Villanova years. Meeting them, as I did, in many different venues throughout the year reinforced my belief that teaching is a vocation worth cherishing with all of one's heart and soul.
I also would like to make special mention of the strong support I was fortunate to receive from our Department Chairs and Program Directors as well as the good will so many of my faculty colleagues offered me. I am very thankful for your words of good wishes.
I am thrilled to welcome Dean Linney to the College and to Villanova. Kindly join me in welcoming her to our fine University.
Again, my thanks to you for your ongoing support and for all that you do for the College. I hope that the summer months are both enjoyable and productive for you.
And remember, work in the Office of the Dean doesn’t stop during the summer. Please know that the transition to 2011-2012 has already begun, ensuring that work in the College progresses uninterrupted. For example, roll out plans for the new Core Curriculum in the College continue to take shape, and you’ll read about the many changes in more detail in the 2011-2012 edition of the Enchiridion, which will be published on the Web in late summer.
Thank you for continuing to read Inside A&S. I wish you a restful and fun summer.