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January 15, 2013, volume 3, number 11

To the William Paterson University Community

Welcome Back!  I want to welcome back all of our faculty, students, and staff to the spring 2013 semester. I hope each of you enjoyed a safe and rejuvenating winter break, and are as eager as I am to start the new semester.

On Thursday, January 31, 2013 from 12:30 to 1:40 p.m. in the University Commons Ballroom, we will hold a Spring Meeting of Faculty and Staff.  This meeting will be similar to the Opening Day meeting that we have every year in September, and will give me and other administrators the opportunity to inform the community of activities underway on campus as well as plans for the future.  I strongly encourage each of you to attend and join us for lunch.

The spring term starts with 914 new students joining our community for a total enrollment of 10,529 students. We look forward to welcoming these students to a semester filled with demanding academic work, a host of special events and speakers, and a rich extracurricular campus life. Keep your eye on the spring sports calendar for some exciting games.  And on February 1, the Distinguished Lecturer Series presents an evening with renowned chef Jacques Pepin.

Update on Provost Search.  Early in the Fall 2012 semester, we launched a search for a provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, to replace Ed Weil, who had asked to return to the faculty.  The search committee worked throughout the fall semester and four candidates were brought to campus in December for interviews. We did make an offer to one candidate who, unfortunately, declined after deciding that his career goal is a presidency and not a provost position.  Based upon feedback from the community, we decided not to pursue the other three finalists at this time.  Therefore, we will go foward with the search this spring and I thank the search committee for its continued work.

I am pleased to announce that Ed Weil has agreed to stay on as provost throughout the spring semester while our recruitment of a successor continues.  Ed will bring the continuity that we need, as we search for deans of the College of the Arts and Communication and the Cotsakos College of Business.  I want to personally thank Ed for agreeing to stay on during this critical time at the University.  We will continue to keep the University community informed as the search progresses this semester.

New Parking Garage Underway.   I am pleased to report that our plans are proceeding smoothly for the much needed parking garage on campus. Over the next year or so, construction will be underway behind Science East adjacent to Lot 2, in the area currently occupied by campus facilities.  We anticipate that there will be little disruption to the main campus, but we can expect some heavy machinery and trucks to be brought in to build the structure.  We ask for your patience as we build this long-needed parking facility. We will keep you posted as the project progresses.

My best wishes for a productive semester!


Kathleen Waldron

William Paterson University
300 Pompton Road, Wayne, New Jersey 07470     973-720-2222     president@wpunj.edu