Since 2002, I’ve had the pleasure to serve both the College of Natural Resources and the Environment and the College of Natural Sciences. One of the best things about being Dean is having the opportunity to work with all of our talented, innovative, and capable faculty, staff, students, and alumni. It’s been a privilege to work with you to strengthen the mission, impact, and stature of the college and the campus. Even as we look ahead to new goals and ideas, we should all be proud of everything we’ve achieved.
For me, 2017 is starting off with a lot of great news. We just launched the new CNS website—I invite you to explore it, and let me know what you think. CNS also welcomes the new School of Earth & Sustainability (SES), which brings together diverse academic programs, research, and outreach that share a common focus on earth, sustainability, and environmental sciences (check back in late February for the new SES website). And saving the best for last—I’m delighted to introduce our new CNS Dean, Tricia R. Serio.
We have lots to celebrate this fall. CNS has a great crop of students—the most academically accomplished entering class ever—and the campus was recently ranked as the 29th best public university by U.S. News and World Report. For me, the future is even brighter. CNS has been working on three great things and they’re so exciting I have to share a preview!
Recently we were putting together some enrollment data for the provost. While I knew the numbers, it hadn't really hit home until I saw it in graph form. CNS has experienced spectacular growth, going from 4,000 to 7,000 undergraduate majors over 10 years. This expansion has had its challenges, but I can honestly say that I'm proud of all the ways that CNS supports our undergrads.
One of the best things about UMass is all the great colleagues I get to interact with. Take Peter Reinhart, founding director of the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS). Peter’s synergistic background as biopharmaceutical executive and researcher makes him the perfect fit for creating the campus strategy to accelerate life science research and collaboration with industry.
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