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In the more than 30 years since I first joined Hofstra as a member of the law school faculty, I have witnessed an enormous amount of change. Of course, change for its own sake has little value. On the other hand, change that flows from wisely managed growth is, by its very nature, a positive thing. While at Hofstra, I have watched a good, up-and-coming university transform itself into an exceptional one. Now, as President, I am very proud to be ushering in an era that promises an even greater leap ahead.
Positive growth requires a solid foundation to build on. Hofstra, which has just celebrated its 70th anniversary, has such a foundation. Our core principles are simply stated: teaching comes first, opportunities for gifted students must never be allowed to ebb and flow with economic vicissitudes, research and scholarship should be nurtured and promoted, and an enriched academic environment in the broadest sense, both inside and outside of the classroom, must shape our students. These principles guide us as clearly today as they ever did.
Another core value tied to Hofstra's history of well-managed growth is our absolute commitment to community. Many of our graduates remain in New York because Hofstra has helped them realize the full potential of what this region has to offer. They understand, too, that Hofstra is the only private university on Long Island poised to become a powerful presence on the national scene. Knowing this, they lend their support and, in so doing, help maintain a tradition of excellence on Long Island that will welcome future generations.
We have now reached a pivotal point in our growth when we can claim a corps of graduates whose age and level of accomplishment can truly sustain our efforts. Now is the time for action. We need to invest in more scholarships that will continue to attract the best students, and we need to invest in faculty and teaching excellence. Admission to Hofstra is now more selective than ever. Out-of-state students make up roughly half of our freshman class. These are signal changes for Hofstra University, and we must build on these strengths.
There is much to do, but such is the excitement at this moment in Hofstra's history. Please think about how you can become a part of this. The rewards will be profound – for our students, our faculty, our community, our region, and for you.
President Stuart Rabinowitz