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President's Message: A year of successes and enriching lives

Sep 20, 2013
by William T. Abare Jr.

Nothing gives a college president more pleasure than reporting successes in the past year. As we begin a new school year at Flagler College, I am pleased to report that enrollment is solid and we have enrolled approximately 2,580 students.

Our finances are healthy, as is our fundraising. We continue to make improvements to our campus, including the beginning of construction on Pollard Hall to replace the former Communication Building. Our faculty has increased from 95 to 108.

Most importantly, our students, faculty and staff continue to advance the college’s reputation through accomplishments and awards. Enactus, formerly Students in Free Enterprise, won the 2013 Enactus National Championship, the third time in team history. Communication and Gargoyle students won a total of 19 journalism awards in 2013, including the college’s first ever Society of Professional Journalists national award.

We have a new coastal environmental science major this fall, which you will read about in this issue, and we have had dozens of students published, awarded prestigious internships, and accepted into impressive graduate programs.
There are a lot of college presidents who would like to be in the situation we are in as the semester begins.

But we will not rest on our laurels, as there are many critical issues facing today’s colleges and universities. We will continue to invest heavily in our academic and student-life programs, and we will stay focused on student enrollment, student satisfaction and student success.

This year we began a new First Year Experience initiative for freshmen. The program includes First Year Advisers, a four-day orientation to ease the transition from high school to college and a number of other changes. The program is designed to make sure that all first year students begin with a solid foundation for what will become their legacy.

We are also committed to our Service Excellence program that is guided by a simple philosophy: Enrich lives by creating a thoughtful, personalized experience in a supportive educational community.

As we begin our 46th year, I am pleased to report that Flagler College is very strong and healthy, and that we will continue to focus on what has made us so successful.

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