Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw, left, and retiring Dean George
R. Burman of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management
break ground for the schools new building.
As I contemplate
my final academic year as Chancellor of Syracuse University, I look
forward to making further progress in the three areas that are critical
to the institutions future: the Academic Plan, the Space Plan,
and fund raising.
years ago, the Academic Plan challenges us to excel in several disciplines
that the University community collectively regards as key to future
success. Through the SPIREs (Strategic Partnerships for Innovative
Research and Education), the Academic Plan identified four areas
in which Syracuse is uniquely strong: information management and
technology, environmental systems and quality, collaborative design,
and citizenship and governance. Through interdisciplinary collaboration,
we hope to leverage these strengths to help us further our goal
of becoming the nations leading student-centered research
university. In addition, the Academic Plan requires us to enrich
the undergraduate experience by integrating theory and practice,
blending liberal arts and professional studies, emphasizing internationalization
and inclusion, and stressing excellent writing. We are making headway
in all these areas, stimulating unprecedented collaboration among
faculty and staff and increasing the number of students who persist
through graduation, among other milestones.
The Space Plan
calls on us to reconfigure the campus with new construction and
substantive renovations to meet current and future needs. The first
of the new academic buildingsa home for the Martin
J. Whitman School of Managementis expected to be completed
by January 2005. Other projects are the renovation of Hinds Hall
for the School of Information Studies (completed by winter 2005),
the design and construction of the third S.I. Newhouse School of
Public Communications building (completed by 2006), the design and
construction of the life sciences addition to the Center for Science
and Technology (completed by summer 2007), and the renovation of
Slocum Hall for the School of Architecture (completed by 2009).
of these achievements and many more for the future will require
a fund-raising effort like nothing the University has ever seen.
It will be difficult and demanding, of course, but we must raise
the funds that will make our aspirations a reality. I am confident
of success because I know its possible. This past fiscal year
is a case in point: For the first time, we posted more than $70
million in gifts and pledges in a single year. Thanks to very generous
donorssome of whom made gifts in seven- and eight-figure amountsand
to the significant increase in corporate matching gifts, we look
to a future that is bright indeed.
Kenneth A. Shaw
Chancellor and President