Happy Thanksgiving from Dr. Ronald L. Carter, president of JCSU
Dear JCSU Family,
As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, I would like to extend my sincere thanks and warm wishes to everyone at this institution, including our Trustees, alumni, donors and friends, who are dedicated to helping us thrive as a premier independent new urban university.
In the midst of the challenges and bustle of daily life, it is easy to lose sight of the blessings we enjoy at this University. Those blessings are most evident in our people who make JCSU a close-knit culture of community that celebrates diversity and inclusion.
To the 1,669 students who are making major life-decisions and sacrifices to pursue an education, I wish you strength and perseverance. To our faculty who are dedicated to teaching and mentoring our students, I applaud your diligence in helping our young adults overcome obstacles, so they can reach their full potential. To our staff members who strive daily to serve faculty and students with competence, communication and customer service, I thank you for your energy and commitment. And, to our alumni and friends who show their love, pride and support, I am thankful for your gifts of time, talents and treasure.
I am grateful as well to our Trustees for your dedication to the mission of the University and for your leadership in our comprehensive campaign.
We have been fortunate to share our resources with our community and neighbors this past year. The ribbon has been cut to officially open Mosaic Village which is now home to more than 205 residents (traditional and nontraditional students, as well as staff). We opened our campus during this past election season to welcome the Democratic National Convention’s security operations team and guests from around the nation and the world. I appreciate the patience and tireless work of all who made these opportunities possible and for launching our 146th academic year on the heels of this major event. We also created new possibilities for youth who aged out of the foster care system through the emerging Foster Village Network Center.
Now that our fall semester is past its mid-point, we are continuing on the growing edge to progress with a new Science Center construction, Duke Hall renovation, Sustainability Village, Davis House restoration, HealthPlex programming and more. Achieving a broad and encompassing vision requires facilities improvements, increased intellectual rigor in our program offerings, and changes in the way we operate our institution. Our vision gives us a new attitude. Our challenges make us stronger. Our failures make us wiser. And our hope inspires us to move forward.
I am exceedingly grateful to serve as the 13th president of this great University during a time of transformation as we prepare to compete in the higher education arena and prepare our students for an increasingly global society.
Our hearts are with those affected by Hurricane Sandy as they continue their recovery during this holiday season. As we reflect on our individual and collective blessings during this time of thanksgiving, I appreciate the role you play as agents of change so that our neighbors can lead better lives. Your social consciousness and sense of global responsibility inspire others to get involved. Thank you for the nearly 20,000 hours of community service contributed this past year through your civic engagement. May your generosity bring personal gratification, and may this season fill you with abundant joys and blessings of faith, family and friends.
Dr. Ronald L. Carter