It has been five years since I arrived on South Hill --- a good time to assess what we’ve accomplished
during that time and look toward the future. I am excited about
the state of the College. I sense that students, faculty, staff,
alumni, and other friends of Ithaca share in my excitement, recognizing
the extraordinary strides we’ve made in recent years and determined
to take advantage of the opportunities we have for further improvement.
Photo by Tom A. Mike
But this excitement is tempered by the realities of the world.
It is a little over a year since the tragedy of September 11, 2001.
The nation is engaged in a war on terrorism with no end in sight.
As this goes to press we face the possibility of another war, the
consequences of which cannot be foreseen. And the weak economy
has damaged the finances and shaken the confidence of students
and their families, as well as many alumni. It also has affected
the College; declines in the stock market have put a dent in our
already modest endowment.
The College has actually benefited from some outside factors.
The economic boom of the 1990s increased the affluence at that
time of students, their families, and the College’s benefactors,
and the demographic "baby boom echo" dramatically expanded the
pool of high school graduates. But our current confidence and clear
sense of direction also are the products of a great deal of hard
work by members of the College community.
Interested readers may access the complete text
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the President website: Reports