What a blessed and exciting journey this has been. As most of you now know, after much thought and prayer, I have agreed to assume the presidency of Seton Hall University effective August 1, 2019. Working with the Iona College community over the past eight years as the eighth president of our beloved Iona College has been a personal and professional highlight of my life. My wife, Kelli, and I will always remain deeply grateful for the dedicated family of Iona College.
We are proud of our work with you and the advances made on behalf of students and the College. Together, we have overcome significant institutional challenges and repositioned the College during a very stressful time in higher education. Collectively, for example, we advanced new academic programs, the Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation and a new core curriculum. We supported our faculty, reduced our tuition dependency, strengthened our fiscal health, tripled our endowment, grew the campus and broke down barriers to college affordability through limiting tuition increases and funding record levels of scholarships for students. Most importantly, we transformed student lives as we witness at every commencement. This could not have been accomplished without the generous and steadfast support of our alumni.
It fills me with great joy and pride to know that Gaels continue to uphold their commitments to the heritage of the Christian Brothers and Blessed Edmund Rice with service to others, mission trips, conference presentations and scholarship. On campus, we watch with eager anticipation the physical progress on a number of construction projects including the LaPenta School of Business and the Hynes Institute at Spellman Hall.
In this issue, we are pleased to highlight and hear from several alumni who are leading some of the most innovative changes taking place in health care today. From value-based care to a more targeted approach to fighting disease, our Iona alumni are paving the way for a more caring and holistic way of treating patients by making change happen. True to their alma mater, these Gaels are living our collective mission to make a positive impact on the lives of others and move the world.
Again, Kelli and I are grateful for the opportunity to have served you. We look forward to supporting the ninth president of Iona College and to Iona’s continued great successes.
Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D.