A warm welcome to Penn State’s 45,000 new and returning students, along with our faculty and staff. I’m excited to begin my first academic year as president of Penn State, and I’m looking forward to the activity and vibrancy your presence brings to State College. Welcome home!
Over the summer I have been working to learn as much as possible about the people, traditions, campuses and programs offered by Penn State. Although I spent 20 years of my professional career in Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, my new role has deepened and expanded my understanding. It’s clear I will continue to learn every day.
As we move into the new semester and new academic year, I have identified six areas that will be a focus of my administration. They are central to your education at Penn State, so I thought I would begin the year by sharing them here.
I ask that you join me in beginning this academic year with a sense of enthusiasm, desire to learn and a willingness to work hard. I’m thrilled to be back at Penn State, and I hope to meet you at an event on campus or at the President’s Open House on Friday, Oct. 10 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m..
Thank you for being part of the Penn State community. Let’s get started on a new year!