A Message to the Susquehanna Community

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

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On the co-curricular side of the house, the university’s athletics program has been realigned in new athletic conferences. The LeaderShape program was established to develop student leaders, and the university’s Greek organizations saw a growth in numbers which included also the emergence of our first historically black fraternities and sororities. TRAX, a student-run nightclub, and a number of new residence halls also have been added to the campus landscape.

These are challenging times for higher education and our nation’s liberal arts colleges. We believe Dr. Lemons’ sustained leadership is a great asset for Susquehanna as we confront these challenges. he has helped to move Susquehanna to the forefront and the board has tremendous confidence that his guidance will be beneficial in determining how to ensure that a liberal arts education remains vital, meaningful and accessible both here at Susquehanna and in the landscape of American higher education.

There is great alignment between Dr. Lemons’ goals and those of the board. Well-known for his ability to connect with students, and remember their names and their stories, he is a wonderful fit for Susquehanna. The continuity of leadership ensured by this reappointment provides an ongoing opportunity to move Susquehanna forward in ways that will benefit all members of the university community, as well as the world our students are being prepared to serve and lead.

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