I hope you’ve enjoyed the fall season as much as I have. This was my first opportunity to welcome students back to campus after the summer break, and I enjoyed every moment of seeing the college come back to life again. Summers at SMC are far from quiet–staff and faculty take the opportunity to prepare for the coming academic year, and this summer especially brought a number of physical changes to the campus–but there’s an energy that accompanies the influx of students to campus that I always find revitalizing.
I also had the enormous pleasure of being officially installed as SMC’s eighth president in early November. An inauguration is always an important milestone in the life of any college, but for me, personally, it was an opportunity to take stock of what, by the time this magazine is in our reader’s hands, will be the anniversary of my first full year in office.
I look back on the last 12 months with utter astonishment at what our faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors and trustees have achieved. Among many other activities, our faculty have won awards, worked with students to conduct original research and developed innovative teaching methods. Our students and coaches took nearly every athletic team to district and national championships in the spring, and many students participated in internships over the summer. The selfless efforts of donors and trustees resulted in three beautiful and much-needed new spaces on campus. And our alumni, as always, represent the best of SMC in their work and service to their communities, as well as their efforts to stay loyally connected and engaged with the campus at events here and across the state.
As you can imagine, I spend a lot of time out and about on campus. Everywhere I look, I see a thriving, close-knit community where students are supported in reaching their goals and where faculty and staff work incredibly hard to provide an outstanding living and learning environment.
I’m excited to continue moving forward with this talented group of people and young adults, and I hope you’ll continue on the journey with us by supporting SMC when, where and how you see fit.
All the best,