The theme of our fall issue, Innovation, reflects three of
the University’s core values: vision, creativity and adaptability. Our
development over the past century into the thriving university of today has
been driven by an evolving vision of what Montclair State can become; by
creativity in implementing that vision; and by the ability to embrace change in
all forms that nurture excellence.
Nowhere is that excellence more evident than in our faculty
research, much of it funded by federal agencies such as the National Science
Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of
Education, as well as by major corporations such as Microsoft and DuPont. In
this issue, you will read about groundbreaking projects that are advancing new
ways to treat autism; to prevent and control obesity; and to protect the
estimated 300,000 young people who are at risk for human trafficking.
Montclair State’s bold vision for its schools and colleges
is the subject of “New Deans Plan for the Future,” a conversation with incoming
deans Daniel Gurskis of the College of the Arts and Francine Peterman of the College
of Education and Human Services. We are also proud to announce a new Center for
Cooperative Media as well as the University’s first fully online master’s
Finally, in “Building for the Future,” you will learn about
our plans for a 100,000-square-foot, $55-million research facility, the Center
for Environmental and Life Sciences. While the University is engaged in fundraising
for the new Center, it is our hope that a portion of the cost will be funded by
a statewide bond issue for public and private universities. If approved by
voters in November, the bond issue will be the first major state capital
investment in higher education in a quarter of a century. I urge you all to
vote “yes” for the higher education bond initiative.
I hope you enjoy this issue of Montclair magazine,
and I thank you for your continuing support for this and for the next generation of
Montclair State students.
Susan A. Cole