Dear Goucher Family Members:
“Wow!” is the word that comes to mind as I reflect on the events of the past few weeks. There is a new energy across campus, with the Class of 2017 now in our midst and the classes of 2014, 2015, and 2016 rejoining us. The opening of this new academic year has provided me with a true sense of the spirit and uniqueness that permeates this institution, and I am more excited than ever to be a part of all that is happening here.
This newsletter will provide you with a small glimpse of the exciting things occurring on campus. You’ll read a profile of Andrew Wu, who I am thrilled to have on board as the assistant dean of students. He brings a new perspective and skill set to the Division of Student Life.
You will also find information about the new Academic Center at Julia Rogers. Our students and faculty have waited for—and so deserve— this new Academic Center, and it has been amazing to see their faces recently as they have gotten the first glimpses of the amazing final product. I hope you can join us for the ribbon-cutting ceremony during Family Weekend and see this wonderful new space for yourselves.
As I begin my first full academic year as Goucher’s vice president and dean of students, I am looking forward to collaboration and action for many ideas and plans in the campus community. Our division will be evaluating ourselves from all angles this year and asking if we are operating in forward-thinking, innovative, and strategic ways to provide students with the most enriching experiences possible. Under the leadership of Assistant Vice President for Student Life Emily Perl, we will also be examining our efforts toward multiculturalism, diversity, and inclusion to ensure our approach is intentional, formalized, and sustainable.
And of course, this year we will also be celebrating President Sandy Ungar, who has announced he is stepping down as the college’s president after 13 impressive years. I have never before seen, or had the privilege of working with, a more student-oriented college president, so I will personally miss Sandy’s leadership. However, I believe Goucher is in a perfect and enviable position to recruit and identify an outstanding new leader who will take the college to even greater heights. Without a doubt, this will be a great year for Goucher.
Please remind your students of the resources offered to promote and facilitate their success. From our amazing chaplain, to our compassionate health care providers, to our talented learning specialists, our collective goal is always student success.
See you at Family Weekend!
Bryan F. Coker, Ph.D.
Vice President and Dean of Students
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