Welcome Message from President Marcia V. Keizs -- fall 2015

Dear York College Community,

Welcome to those of you who are new to the College and welcome back to those who have been away for the summer, on sabbatical or shorter or more extended leaves!  I also thank those who have been working with us all summer long to prepare for the launch of another academic year.  Wherever you were and however you spent the last few months- students, faculty and staff alike- I hope you had a productive break and are recharged and ready to face a new academic year.

 As you arrive on campus, you will not miss the scaffolding surrounding the Academic Core Building that declares we are in the midst of extensive and protracted repairs -- expected to continue for a minimum of a full year. The main parking lot is also undergoing emergency repairs to underground “cooling and heating” pipes with an expected completion date of later this year. I ask the College community to bear with us as we make these necessary, if inconvenient, fixes and to be mindful of the notices that are issued periodically to keep us updated on these projects. 

This time last year we launched what could be considered our most successful academic year, because it culminated in our largest graduation class to date. Thanks to your crucial roles, the graduating class of 2015 at 1,178-strong has gone off to pursue exciting new goals and to do good things in the world. With our combined efforts, I look forward to similar successes for the graduating class of 2016. As we engage in the registration process and the first few days of classroom instruction, I trust that CUNYfirst and other aspects of launching the semester will go smoothly so that our students and faculty can go directly to the business of teaching and learning with enthusiasm. We look forward to a good start that will help us succeed in our continued key goals of improving retention and graduation outcomes.

Finally, I am optimistic about what our new faculty and new members of the staff will bring to the College; and I am more than excited about our new cohort of students -- the Class of 2019 -- ready to meet the challenge of higher education and take advantage of the many opportunities York offers both inside and outside of the classroom. I ask that as a campus family, we commit anew to be of service to them as they negotiate the initial days and weeks in this new environment.

Best wishes to all for a successful academic year!