A Message to the Susquehanna Community

From John R. Strangfeld, Chair of the Board of Trustees

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John Strangfeld

I am very happy to share the good news that president L. Jay Lemons and the Susquehanna board of Trustees have agreed to an extension of Dr. Lemons’ contract through June 30, 2017.

This ensures continuity of Dr. Lemons’ leadership, allowing Susquehanna to sustain the tremendous momentum achieved during his tenure to date. Susquehanna has emerged in recent years as a member of the Annapolis Group, which includes 130 of the nation’s leading, residential, liberal arts colleges.

During Dr. Lemons’ tenure, the university has developed two strategic plans that placed an increased emphasis on intellectual engagement and a strong university community. Our new Central Curriculum was introduced, including adding the Global Opportunities (GO) requirement. With the addition of GO, Susquehanna is among only a handful of schools to mandate a study-away experience for all students and is the only institution that requires post-travel course in which students reflect on how that experience changed them. In three years, nearly 700 of our students have either traveled to, or will be visiting, countries on six of the seven continents. The GO program has set Susquehanna apart by ensuring an integration of the cross-cultural experience and the broader academic program. This is critical in an increasingly global economy.

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