After more than 35 years at Iona College as a faculty member and administrator, I am excited and energized about this penultimate chapter in my career. I look forward to working with the College’s Stakeholders to realize Iona’s Vision, especially focusing on those items that most impact our students. In this vein, let me outline my priorities:
Student Centeredness: Without the students, we have no purpose. Our students’ interests and needs must be our primary priority whether it is in the classroom, advising, during our office hours or through extra-curricular activities.
Student Success: Very closely related to student centeredness is student success. As we accept students to Iona and they elect to attend, we have a moral obligation to serve them well, retain them, graduate them and prepare them for rich, successful lives. This is our covenant with our students and their families.
Academic Distinction: We live in dynamic times requiring our academic programs and pedagogy to reflect what students need to be prepared for their futures. We are implementing an exciting new core and exploring additional academic programs that we should bring into our portfolio of offerings. We also need to recruit a more diverse faculty and strengthen certain special programs such as Honors, Study Abroad, and Service Learning.
Faculty and Staff Support: I am firmly committed to enriching opportunities for impactful faculty and staff development and training. I am also going to focus on the successful completion and the beginning of the implementation of the compensation study. I commit to you that the outcome will be fair and professionally derived. We must all remember that at the end of the day it is likely to be a historic investment by the College that should be celebrated.
As you have likely garnered from the above, I have strong views. For those who do not yet know me well, I ask that you not mistake my occasional bluntness for rigidity. I welcome debate and differing viewpoints, especially those that are well thought out and advance our college and the experience of our students. We all benefit from the testing of ideas before decisions are made. At the same time, we don’t have the luxury of letting important decisions languish. I am a strong believer in the delegation of responsibility balanced by accountability, and ask that our academic and governance leaders help in advancing the entire academic plan for the year.
I am honored and humbled to have this opportunity to serve.
Vincent J. Calluzzo, Ph.D.