A Message to the Susquehanna Community

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

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Susquehanna has been cited as a national leader for its graduation rates, consistently placing among the top-performing liberal arts colleges and far exceeding the average graduation rates among all colleges and universities. This serves as a testament to the strength of the Susquehanna community, especially our faculty. A recent restructuring is aimed at bolstering even further the support structure to ensure students succeed while on campus and after graduation.

Susquehanna’s enrollment has climbed by 36 percent since 2000–01 to 2,224 for the 2012–13 academic year, and application numbers have set new records under Dr. Lemons’ leadership. The increases have been spurred by an expanded campus footprint resulting from strategic property acquisitions and a number of capital improvements, including a new LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified Natural Sciences Center that is a symbol of educational excellence, quality and innovation. The growth has allowed us to increase the depth of our academic programs.

The university also has made significant progress in the area of diversity in the student body, as well as among our faculty ranks. This has enhanced the academic experience and the quality of student life, both of which also are being strengthened by a capital campaign that met with success despite a deep recession. The campaign, during which the university celebrated its sesquicentennial, was Susquehanna’s most ambitious, well exceeding its $70 million goal.

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