Steve Sartori

During his annual address to the University community, Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw recognized engineering professor Barry Davidson at the conclusion of his tenure as a Meredith Professor.


When I gave my annual address to the University community in September, I emphasized the need to make wise decisions about our priorities for the future. While we at SU have always been cautious and thoughtful about the use of our resources, greater scrutiny is called for given the current economic climate and in light of unrest in the world. And, though we did feel the effects of the extraordinary prosperity of the mid- to late-1990s, we never let ourselves get caught up in the feeling that the boom times would play on and on.

We will be guided by the Academic Plan and the Space Plan as we choose those areas of our enterprise to support more vigorously and move forward. We will preserve and grow our mission as an institution to teach and create new knowledge. We have done a great deal in the past few years to elevate the art of teaching here, and students and their families have expressed their appreciation for the personal attention and caring they have received. And, as this issue of Syracuse University Magazine clearly demonstrates, the pursuit of new knowledge is alive and well on our campus.

Research and scholarship took a leap forward at Syracuse in the ’50s, just as it did at universities across the country, in response to the scientific challenges arising from the Russian launch of the Sputnik satellite. Since that time, SU faculty members have contributed to the world’s knowledge in such areas as sensory sciences, geometry, electromagnetics, the humanities, and special education, among many others.

With the establishment of the CASE Center in the ’80s came the growth of research institutes across campus such as the Center for Health and Behavior in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Center for Natural Language Processing in the School of Information Studies, and the Center for the Study of Popular Television in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Today we are poised to take another giant step forward with the newly established, multimillion-dollar Center of Excellence in Environmental Systems.

These and other significant research endeavors do much more than add to the body of information, however. They help cement our reputation for excellence across the country and the world. They attract the best new faculty members. And, most importantly, they provide students with the opportunity to work alongside men and women who are engaged in a life’s work devoted to creativity, scholarship, and the love of learning.

Kenneth A. Shaw
Chancellor and President

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