Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw speaks to the media during a
press conference at which he announced his retirement.
On April 23
I announced to the University community my intent to retire as of
August 2004. By that time I will have served Syracuse University
for 13 years and as a chief executive in higher education for 27
years. I can honestly say the last 13 years have been the very best
and a capstone on a career as a leader that few of my fellow presidents
and chancellors can claim.
As many of you
know, when Mary Ann and I arrived on campus in August 1991, Syracuse
University faced serious financial challenges. What we found was
a community of dedicated men and women who had deep faith in their
institutiondespite serious fiscal concernsand who were
ready, willing, and able to work hard to not only deal with the
problems, but to make the University even better.
More than a
decade later, I could not be more pleased with the results. Syracuse
University is a stronger, more focused institution. Faculty and
staff have raised expectations for themselves and their students.
Students have responded in kind. Our alumni and friends are more
involved and more committed than ever to supporting their University.
In the immediate
future, I plan to be intensely involved in the workings of the institution.
I will focus on the Academic Plan, space planning, and fund raisingthe
keys to the Universitys future. There is much to be done.
Then I will
take a leave of absence for the 2004-05 academic year and return
to teach and to assume other duties as assigned by the new Chancellor
and the Board of Trustees. Mary Ann and I are devoted to the Central
New York area and are happy to call it home.
I am deeply
grateful to the thousands of people, including many readers of this
magazine, who have helped make my term as Chancellor such a rewarding
one. Their counsel, encouragement, expertise, camaraderie, and willingness
to share have made the difference not only for me, but for this
Kenneth A. Shaw
Chancellor and President