Tolentine Hall, Room 103
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
The end of the semester is near and the holidays are almost upon us. With the passage of another year, and as I reflect on my first semester as Provost of Villanova, one word comes to mind…gratitude. During these past few months, I have developed an even greater appreciation for the strength of our Villanova community.
Recent events, including the video released a few weeks ago of the shooting of a black teenager in the streets of Chicago, highlight the importance of creating an equitable and inviting atmosphere where all can grow and prosper. A related conversation is taking place on many college campuses, where students, faculty, staff and administrators are asking whether their institutions are providing a place where all community members can learn and thrive in an environment free of racism or prejudice.
It is truly an honor to serve as Provost of our University. The creation of this role and the Office of the Provost marks a new chapter in Villanova’s history, consolidates and reorganizes various functions within our institution, and inherently brings about a new approach to our academic enterprise.
The start of the new academic year is rapidly approaching. As I prepare to serve in my new role as Provost of our great institution, I have been reflecting on my time in higher education and the years I’ve spent at Villanova as a faculty member and Dean.