As I stood on the Quad watching the Reunion Weekend fireworks, I thought about the past academic year- its achievements, its fresh new beginnings and its poignant farewells. Some of the moments and faces that came to mind included the opening of the Finger Lakes Institute, HWS being selected as one of 81 "Colleges with a Conscience" by Princeton Review, graduating the first class of the Master's of Arts in Teaching, and saying goodbye to retiring faculty members Bill Atwell, John Burns, Mary Gerhart and Dan McGowan. I am grateful for the active involvement of our faculty, staff, students, alumni and alumnae in working to implement key strategic goals and I look forward to the year ahead.
As you may recall, five years ago, we looked at ourselves with a critical eye and with input from many members of the HWS family, devised a strategic plan to enhance what was already a strong liberal arts institution. Through the planning process we found affirmations of areas of strength and invigorating challenges to be met.
The resulting strategic plan, HWS 2005, was the compass by which we directed our efforts-focusing on three categories: student engagement, academic engagement and fiscal viability.
I am proud to report that we have reached and exceeded most of the goals we set for ourselves (many of these successes have been reported in the pages of the Pulteney St. Survey). We have come much closer to fulfilling our mission of creating an even stronger student-centered learning environment that is committed to excellence, globally focused and grounded in values of service and equity.
So it is now time to chart the course for the next five years, HWS 2010. It will be an exciting five years that will encompass the William Smith Centennial, a major capital campaign and significant enhancements to our vibrant campus community. I look forward to this effort and the opportunity to join with alumni, alumnae, Trustees, faculty, staff and students to plan for our future.
The good news is that we are already off to a great start, with the plans in place for a new studio arts building which will be named for Katherine Elliott '66 (see page two) the renovation of our admissions office, implementation of wireless technologies and other technology upgrades across the campus and the renovation of Comstock and Jackson, Potter and Reese residence halls, are among the projects underway.
I am confident that the members of the Classes of 2005 who graduated in May with their undergraduate degrees and the first class of Hobart and William Smith Master's of Arts in Teaching graduates are well-prepared for the world ahead of them. Thanks to a committed faculty, they have a broad liberal arts background to navigate this century of change. Thanks to our dedicated staff, they have lived in a community that prizes service, citizenship and teamwork. And thanks to our alumni and alumnae base of support, they were sustained in their efforts in the classroom and outside the classroom.
With every best wish, I am,
Mark D. Gearan
Summer 2005 Pulteney St. Survey