As we move into summer, it seems appropriate to reflect on some of the many positive things happening in our College. Once again, enrollment increased dramatically last year. The provost provided funding for several new faculty positions in our fastest-growing programs. More recently, the Board of Trustees approved a four-year tuition increase with the goal of funding up to 275 new faculty positions over the next four years to address our increasing student/faculty ratio and to enhance our areas of strength. This was welcome news and we have developed a four-year plan that will fill our most critical needs in teaching, research and outreach over the next several years. We were recently notified that our College will receive seven new faculty positions for year one.
Along with addressing critical personnel needs, we are making progress on improving our facilities. The renovation of the Floriculture Building is nearly finished, and the building will be rededicated this fall. Immediately after graduation, the Young Building was shut down for a complete renovation that will take up to 15 months. This renovation will include some reconfiguration of space, new heating and cooling, new windows and improved lighting but more importantly, will give the building a much-needed face lift. All Young Building occupants have moved to temporary quarters for the period of the renovation. Although we have many other renovation needs, these two projects are a great start.
Gregory J. Weidemann
Dean and Director