It is a great privilege and honor to be the president of The College of New Rochelle. The story of this college is truly extraordinary.
In 1904, the Ursuline sisters founded The College of New Rochelle as the first Catholic college for women in New York State with the goal of providing a quality college education to young women–this took place a full 16 years before women had the right to vote. Since that time, the College has grown tremendously. We now operate on a university model, bringing quality value-based education to approximately 3,000 women and men on six campuses and through four Schools –the School of Arts & Sciences, School of New Resources for adult learners, School of Nursing & Healthcare Professions, and Graduate School.
We have much to be proud of at The College of New Rochelle. Recently, the College was recognized as a "College of Distinction" for its excellence in student-focused higher education, particularly in the areas of student engagement, our quality of teaching, the vibrancy of our College Community, and the success of our graduates.
We began the 2015 operating year with extraordinary news: the receipt of two significant federal grants totaling $14 million from the U.S. Department of Education. These two grants—the largest in the College's history—will revolutionize our ability to deliver outstanding educational opportunities and achieve superior student outcomes at all of our campuses.
For the fifth consecutive year, CNR has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. We were also named a Catholic College of Distinction for the second year in a row and ranked by Washington Monthly as one of the top 75 Master's Universities in the nation.
CNR has achieved the distinction of being the first private college in the Mid-Hudson region to be designated as a START-UP NY location. As part of this program, we will establish a partnership with a business in the field of biotechnology. Through this program, our students will benefit from internships and experiential learning opportunities.
Recently, we were also privileged to receive the gift of a complete Museum Set of photographs by renowned American photographer Ansel Adams. This rare collection includes 75 signed photographs is one of only ten complete Museum Sets in existence.
At The College of New Rochelle, we view education as a partnership. Here, you will be intellectually challenged by our faculty who are recognized both nationally and internationally for their research and publications. And you in turn will be expected to challenge us as well—to be active participants in your education. Our faculty are fully engaged and genuinely interested and invested in your success—that is what sets The College of New Rochelle apart.
As part of a strong and vibrant College Community, it will be your responsibility to fully engage yourself in campus life in order to derive the most from your educational experience with us—and I encourage you to do so. Take advantage of the many opportunities to participate in internships and study abroad, student government and clubs, athletics and community service. Throughout the year, you will also have the opportunity to hear a number of compelling and thought-provoking speakers who visit the College for a variety of events.
As Anne Sweeney, President and CEO of ABC-Disney Cable Networks and one of our most notable alumnae, said during her Commencement address at CNR in 2013, you've given yourself "the gift of an education that opens up limitless possibilities for your life story."
By choosing The College of New Rochelle to partner with you on your education, you believe what more than 50,000 graduates of the College before you have already affirmed—a CNR education can open up limitless possibilities that you seek to transform your life in new and meaningful ways.
Truly the best way to learn more about who we are and what we do at The College of New Rochelle is to visit us. Whether it be a visit to our beautiful main campus in suburban New Rochelle, just 30 minutes from midtown Manhattan, or one of our city campuses in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, you will come away impressed with the vibrancy of our College Community.
Thank you for your interest. We look forward to welcoming you to The College of New Rochelle.