Welcome Message from President Marcia V. Keizs

Fall 2016

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 an exciting new academic year.

You are here at a great time in our history. As you may have seen on our website and elsewhere, York is turning 50 and we are excited to be launching a year-long series of celebratory events for this golden anniversary, starting with an Executive Leadership Breakfast on September 16 (free and open to all); followed on the 17th (of September) by homecoming events such as a block party on the plaza (also at no cost); an alumni art exhibit opening reception in the Fine Arts Gallery and a dinner dance in the Atrium. We hope that you will be able to join in celebration of this significant milestone now and throughout the year.

In the meantime, as we engage in the registration process and the first few days of classroom instruction, I ask that you exercise patience with any CUNYfirst challenges, and other aspects of launching the semester that may not go as smoothly as we would like. Know that our IT department is fully engaged in trying to mitigate any ills that are under York’s control, so that students and faculty can get to the business of teaching and learning.

On the purely academic front, I am delighted that we have added two new Master’s offerings to our small but important niche of graduate programs. In addition to the MS in Occupational Therapy, we now have the MS degree in Physician Assistant and in Pharmaceutical Sciences. I thank the faculty and staff instrumental in this launch.

I am also 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 2020 - - 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.

My best wishes to all for a successful academic year!