As each academic year comes to a close, I look back on all that has happened and I am continually impressed by the range of the accomplishments achieved by the Montclair State community. Each year I wonder if in the coming year, we will be able to match the level of past successes, excitement, and productivity, but each year we do. In fact, we raise the bar.
In this past academic year we have seen the most stunning accomplishments yet. Montclair State University received accolades and national attention for the good work of our schools and colleges, opened beautiful new academic space, and set the stage for a 10-year capital master plan that will bring to the campus much-needed residential space. We’ve launched the PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies, had students perform at the Kennedy Center, received significant external support for programs, and graduated our largest class ever.
Despite unprecedented cuts to education funding and the economic climate, we continue to work tirelessly to bring quality education to the citizens of New Jersey in ways that are life-changing for the students here now, and for those yet to come.
You will read about the new 300-bed residence, Frank Sinatra Hall, opening in September 2010 and the 2,000-bed residence and dining facility which will welcome students in 2011. The new building for the John J. Cali School of Music, which opened officially in January 2010 is already attracting talented students from all corners of the United States and internationally.
We will continue to build our faculty, programs, and facilities so that we can continue to provide the education that earned us the Forbes magazine designation as the top public university in New Jersey. As I reflect on this year of achievement and accolades, there is no doubt that we will continue to live up to and even surpass that distinction in every way.
President, Montclair State University