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, and now operates on a university model, bringing quality value-based education to approximately 4,000 women and men on six campuses and through four Schools –the all-women School of Arts & Sciences and three coeducational schools, School of New Resources for adult learners, School of Nursing, and Graduate School.
We have much to be proud of at The College of New Rochelle. Most 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.
For the fourth year in a row, The College of New Rochelle has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service 2013 Honor Roll—the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. CNR has also been ranked as one of the Highest ROI Colleges in New York by Affordable Colleges Online.
Last year, we were 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.
You will also be 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, we bring many compelling and thought-provoking speakers to campus at a variety of events. Our Powerful Women event, where women leaders in a variety of fields share their experiences, is just one such example.
President Huntington and Anne Sweeney, President and CEO of ABC-Disney Cable Networks
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 last year, 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 affirm what more than 50,000 graduates of the College before you have already affirmed—your belief that through a CNR education you can open up the “limitless possibilities” that you seek to transform your own life in new and meaningful ways.
Just as you are transforming your lives through education, to ensure a successful future for CNR, we must continue to transform the College through strategic, innovative, and sustainable growth while embracing the core values that have guided us faithfully for more than a century.
One of my top priorities when I became president was to initiate an institution-wide strategic planning process. Recently completed, this process has brought the collaborative voice of the entire College Community in the creation of a vibrant and compelling vision for The College of New Rochelle. And it has provided the framework for the goals and direction that will allow us to thrive and our students to be successful – quality academic programs that respond to the changing needs of students and complexities of the world, strategic enrollment management, full optimization of our institutional resources, a shared sense of community across the institution, and the raised awareness of CNR’s strengths through branding. And a key part of all of these goals will be a strong technological infrastructure and robust e-learning program.
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 you visit our beautiful main campus in suburban New Rochelle, just 16 miles from midtown Manhattan, or one of our city campuses in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, I believe you will come away impressed with the vibrancy of our College Community.
Thank you for your interest in The College of New Rochelle. We look forward to welcoming you to the College.