President's message March 10, 2011

 

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To the William Paterson University Community

 

For quite some time, many faculty and staff have been preparing for the Middle States Commission decennial evaluation visit. This important process will culminate when the Middle States Visiting Team conducts a series of meetings on campus from March 20-23.

I would like to thank Steve Hahn and Jane Zeff, co-chairs of the Middle States Steering Committee, and all of the faculty and staff who have worked tirelessly to prepare for this visit. Their combined efforts have set the foundation for this concentrated series of meetings. 

In addition to scheduled meetings, please be aware that Visiting Team members may choose to visit campus offices and locations, as well as request meetings with additional members of the University community during their time on campus.

An open meeting for all faculty and staff will be held on Monday, March 21 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Cheng Library Auditorium. In addition, the Visiting Team will present its findings to the campus community on Wednesday, March 23 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., also in the Cheng Library Auditorium. I encourage you to attend these important meetings and ask that you join me in welcoming the Visiting Team for a successful campus visit. 

In an unrelated matter, I am pleased to announce that Ontel Products, a $300 million direct sales and marketing company, has pledged $1 million to William Paterson University in support of our students and faculty. Chuck Khubani, the company’s founder and chief executive officer, is a 1983 graduate of the University. We are grateful for this strong statement of support from a successful alumnus who has chosen to provide significant resources for his alma mater. 

The gift will support scholarships for high-achieving incoming students at the University’s Cotsakos College of Business. It will also support faculty development initiatives at the College, including increased technical skills that enhance teaching excellence and faculty research and scholarship.

Sandra Deller, vice president for institutional advancement, and Sam Basu, dean of the Cotsakos College of Business, have been in close contact with Mr. Khubani for the past few years and I had the pleasure of meeting with him shortly after my arrival on campus.

This gift is particularly special because it will support not only our students, but also our faculty. This is a proud moment for William Paterson University. I cannot thank Mr. Khubani enough for his generosity and commitment to the future of our students. 

Sincerely

Kathleen Waldron
President

William Paterson University
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