President John E. Klein and his wife Susan met with new students and Davenport Leaders during orientation.
Randolph College is beginning the 2010–2011 academic year with much to celebrate.
This academic year marks our first time with four coeducational classes and, after a challenging transition, we are now investing in the College—its people, academic program, and facilities.
The Class of 2014 and other new students arrived this fall bringing energy and excitement. They were met by enthusiastic upperclass women and men who helped them acclimate to our traditions and campus life. For the first time in years, we are enjoying an increase in first-year and transfer student enrollment, and the new students bring to our community many different talents and diverse backgrounds.
At Randolph, academics are the priority, and we are making investments in our programs, while keeping a sharp eye on costs. This year, we had the lowest tuition increase in 20 years. At the same time, we have added the new RISE award program, which encourages student scholarship with grants, and have hired nine new faculty members this fall for art history, economics and business, communication studies, psychology, theatre, physics, and American culture.
Campus facilities are an important part of our investment. We are completing the first phase of renovations to the main (fourth) floor of the library, with new paint, carpet, and furniture in the two rooms with vaulted ceilings. We have updated Main Hall lobby to be more welcoming to current and prospective students. We have sound-proofed the music practice rooms in Presser Hall, and the Riding Center has been enhanced in anticipation of supporting more riders. Planning for a major renovation of the Student Center continues; this exciting $5 million project received a large boost from Puff Gravely Hampson ’41, who recently announced her $2 million commitment to the project.
These investments have been supported by the gifts of alumnae, alumni, friends, and others, which help us continue to provide a quality education for our students.
This academic year promises to be one we will remember. I encourage you to visit campus and see all of the wonderful things happening at Randolph College.
John E. Klein