November 7, 2012, volume 3, number 9
To the William Paterson University Community
After so much bad news about the slow recovery from Hurricane Sandy, I am happy today to share great news. Yesterday, New Jersey voters approved by a wide margin the $750 million referendum for a general obligation bond to support construction and renovation projects at the state’s colleges and universities. This is the first such bond issue since 1988 and we are hopeful that it signals a change for continual and ongoing support in the State for higher education.
I would like to thank our students, our faculty, our staff, our Board of Trustees, our Foundation Board, our Alumni Association and our collective bargaining units, the AFT, CWA, IFPTE, PBA, NJLESA, and FOP for your strong support. Without the word of mouth campaign as well as the public endorsements for the initiative we would not be celebrating today.
The bond issue, which will probably take place next year, has enormous potential for our University going forward. As the State develops the criteria and process for submitting strategic projects, we will be positioned to submit our plans for funding consideration. As noted in communications and presentations this summer and fall, our plan is to build a new academic building on the main campus that will provide additional classroom space to serve thousands of students and which will house expanding programs in nursing, public health, and communication disorders. In line with our long-term strategy, a new academic building will then allow us to start the renovation of some of our older buildings in the main academic zone such as Hunziker Wing, Hunziker Hall, Wightman, and Raubinger while at the same time expanding faculty office space in the Atrium.
As we obtain information on the process for submitting proposals, we will keep you informed. Again, thank you to everyone for your support. It certainly made a difference.