January 6, 2012
With the fall semester behind us, let me share a few of my remarks that I made at our end of the semester faculty meeting and prior to our holiday luncheon.
We continue to move forward on our renovation projects. The Floriculture Building renovation is well underway with an expected completion date of this summer. This renovation will add a new classroom and research greenhouse as well as renovate the remaining space. The Young Building will be vacated in June for a complete renovation. We have located temporary space for everyone during the one year renovation period.
Despite the challenging budget environment, the UConn administration has made a commitment to add up to 75 new faculty positions for fall 2012 to help reduce our increasing student/faculty ratio. Given our increasing enrollment, the college received several new positions to help address our fastest growing programs. We still have a number of other pressing needs and commitments but the recently approved four year tuition increase will give us the opportunity to compete for new faculty positions over the next several years.
Finally, I want to recognize Dr. Bob Milvae for receiving the USDA National Teaching Award for this year. This is a singular honor which places Dr. Milvae in elite company among colleges across the nation. Our congratulations!
Gregory J. Weidemann
Dean and Director