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Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

I am pleased to report that earlier this week, the University’s Board of Trustees voted to approve the proposed Academic Renewal plan that we have talked so much about over this past year.  I am grateful for the Board’s support.  As you might know, Academic Renewal includes:

  • The opening of a new Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art;
  • The return of the Department of Economics to the School of Arts and Sciences;
  • The establishment of a new Center for Teaching Excellence, which will engage our senior scholars with our junior faculty;
  • The addition of new programs and faculty;
  • And renovations to Mullen Library, science laboratories, classrooms, and studio, performance, and rehearsal spaces.

Despite some inaccurate press reports, Academic Renewal has not required the involuntary separation of any faculty. No academic programs will be cut or eliminated.

The Academic Renewal plan benefited greatly from the input of the Academic Senate, which studied it exhaustively and offered many valuable suggestions before voting its approval.  In addition, a large number of faculty, students, and staff attended open meetings that the Provost hosted, contributing ideas and critiques that improved the plan.

Change can be challenging, especially on this scale. If anyone has questions about Academic Renewal, the full details are available online. Provost Abela, who did an excellent job stewarding the process of approval, has also offered to address ongoing concerns through this form.

Academic Renewal demonstrates our ongoing commitment to growth at Catholic University. We are excited to begin implementing it this summer. My best wishes for a fruitful summer.

John Garvey
University President

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