Season's greetings from someone who is new to the NYIT presidency, but not at all new to NYIT. In fact, we calculate that at least 3,500 of you have studied in my classes over the years—giving me a personal stake in your happiness and success. How are you doing? I'd love to hear from you. To those others of you who have fond memories of a professor or administrator I say this: it is a thrill and a reward to hear from a former student. Why not drop him or her a line? We'd be pleased to help you get reacquainted. You are a key to NYIT's future, and we are preparing a very bright one. New York Institute of Technology has witnessed a remarkable growth in quality in recent years, which makes your degree even more valuable. Accrediting agencies acknowledge our strength, as do the reporting agencies such as U.S. News and World Report. Yet these are tumultuous times in higher education, NYIT remains a work in progress, and we need your help.
To generate a competitive edge into the 21st century, we have added new academic programs, increased financial aid opportunities, constructed new facilities, and upgraded the technology in our classrooms and labs. Customer service (which remains a bad memory for some of you) is very much on my mind as something we must improve. To seize opportunities for growth and excellence and bring NYIT to the next level of prominence, it is important that we hire top faculty, staff and administrators. We have an ambitious hiring plan in place to recruit (to borrow John F. Kennedy's phrase) "the best and the brightest" into the new administration.
I entitled my inaugural address "The Idea of This University: NYIT in the 21st Century." (You can read it or watch a webcast at www.nyit.edu.) We have challenges ahead, but we have terrific opportunities as well. In a November editorial, The New York Times wrote, "few jobs are as challenging as that of college president. It requires the management skills of a corporate C.E.O. and the political skill to mediate between vastly disparate, and often stubborn, constituencies—a school's faculty members, students, administrators and alumni. Presidents are increasingly called upon to spend the bulk of their time fundraising."
With your support, my job will be easier and our institution will have a better chance of distinguishing itself in the days ahead. My wife, Mireille, joins me in extending to you and those dear to you, the very best wishes for a pleasant and productive new year.
Happy Holidays, Edward Guiliano, Ph.D.
Edward Guiliano, Ph.D., is president and CEO of New York Institute of Technology (NYIT). Since 2000, he has led NYIT to broad recognition as a distinguished institution of higher learning with a firm national, global, and digital footprint in a wide range of forward-thinking academic programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels.