A Message from the President: January 2017
January 13, 2020
Dear Members of the Villanova Community:
Welcome back! It’s wonderful to see the campus full of life and activity after the winter break. With the new semester underway, I am pleased to share the following information and updates with you.
Board of Trustees: New Members
The Board of Trustees serves as the governing body of Villanova University. It is comprised of alumni, parents and friends who volunteer their time and expertise to provide critical oversight and guidance for the University. Two new members joined the Villanova University Board of Trustees as of Jan. 1, 2020.
The dedication of Tom and Christina to Villanova make them true assets to our community. I look forward to working with them—and the entire Board of Trustees—to ensure Villanova’s continued success.
University Athletics Update
I am pleased to announce that Mark Jackson has been named to the position of vice president. As vice president and director of Athletics, he is responsible for providing executive leadership, strategic direction and oversight for all of Villanova’s 24 varsity sports and more than 600 student-athletes. Please join me in congratulating Mark on this new appointment. For more information on the announcement, please visit the webpage.
2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration
Next week, our campus joins together to celebrate the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Highlighted by service, fellowship and dialogue, this annual event is a wonderful way for our campus to start the spring semester and work together toward achieving Dr. King’s vision of the “beloved community.”
The 13th anniversary of this event kicks off next Monday, Jan. 20, with the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, a day when hundreds of Villanovans volunteer at sites throughout the Philadelphia region. I encourage you to consider participating in the day of service, as well as in the other events planned as part of this year’s celebration, including:
University Staff Council Awards
While the nomination process varies for each award, recognition for all award recipients occurs at an awards luncheon hosted by my office in the spring. I hope you will take some time to nominate any deserving colleagues. All award nominations are due on Friday, March 6. For more information, please visit the University Staff Council webpage.
President's Office Hours for Students
Sustainability Leadership Council Update
The University Sustainability Leadership Council presented its final draft plan to the President’s Cabinet in early December. The plan is tightly integrated with the University’s new strategic plan and covers the same 2020–2030 time period. This month, further discussions will be held on several implementation priorities before a more formal announcement is made on next steps. I want to thank the Sustainability Leadership Council for its invaluable work on this plan.
Middle States Accreditation Update
Villanova’s Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) Self-Study Accreditation process is well underway. The various working groups are beginning to draft the self-study chapters. These efforts will continue throughout the remainder of this academic year and into the fall, culminating in a Peer Evaluation Team visit to Villanova next spring.
I want to thank the Steering Committee Chairs—Dr. Jerusha Conner, Kevin Grubb and Dr. Jim Trainer—the Steering Committee members and all those who have participated in this important process to date. For more information and to view the upcoming University-wide forum schedule, please visit the Villanova Middle States webpage.
Best wishes for a productive and fulfilling spring semester!