澳博体育app下载校长丰富的ard S. Lapidus announced Monday that he will retire at the end of the 2023-24 academic year.
总统拉皮德斯, who joined Fitchburg State in July 2015, is the university’s 11th leader. His tenure has included the creation of new academic programs including the expansion of online offerings, deepening ties between the campus and its host community, and guiding the university through the challenges of the global pandemic. 在他担任总统期间, Fitchburg State’s institutional accreditation was renewed and a new strategic plan was adopted.
“From the day I first interviewed for the position on campus, 我知道澳博体育app下载是个特别的地方, and it has been an honor to have contributed to its positive evolution,拉皮德斯总统写道. “This is a campus of dedicated individuals who care deeply about our students, 我已经说过很多次了, each of you makes a difference every day and for that I can’t be more appreciative.”
C. 黛博拉·菲利普斯, 董事会主席, said it has been an honor and a privilege to serve during 总统拉皮德斯’ tenure. She cited his navigation of the university during the pandemic as an example of his contributions to the Fitchburg State community.
“在2019冠状病毒病健康危机期间, 总统拉皮德斯 demonstrated strong and compassionate leadership as the university faced uncharted territory,菲利普斯说. “Because of his foresight in upgrading the university’s technology platforms in the years prior to the COVID crisis, Fitchburg State was uniquely positioned for the virtual teaching and learning environment essential for the campus community to function during those uncertain days and months. 这所大学不仅在COVID期间发挥了作用, 但是为学生群体服务的新方式被开发出来了, 实施新项目, 甚至还建立了新的传统. For nine years 总统拉皮德斯 has led Fitchburg State with calmness and agility. 他的直觉和优雅的领导将被怀念, but he leaves the university well positioned to face the challenges ahead. I know I speak for the entire Board of Trustees when I say, “谢谢, 丰富的, 感谢你对这个伟大机构的贡献.’”
A comprehensive national search will be undertaken for 总统拉皮德斯’ successor.
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The full text of 总统拉皮德斯’ announcement to the campus is below.
I write to you this morning to inform you that I have notified the Chair of the Board of Trustees and the Commissioner of Higher Education that I will be retiring from my position as president of 澳博体育app下载 effective June 30, 2024. I have thoroughly enjoyed my 33 years in higher education, 澳博体育app下载的最后九场比赛.
经过深思熟虑, I have concluded that the time is right for me to spend more time with family and friends and to pursue other interests outside the university. From the day I first interviewed for the position on campus, 我知道澳博体育app下载是个特别的地方, and it has been an honor to have contributed to its positive evolution. This is a campus of dedicated individuals who care deeply about our students, 我已经说过很多次了, each of you makes a difference every day and for that I can’t be more appreciative.
As a community, we have accomplished much good work together. We have added new academic programs and reconfigured curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate levels. We have fostered an increasingly diverse community and embrace initiatives that support a sense of belonging and inclusiveness on our campus. We have modernized facilities to enhance learning and extracurricular opportunities, and strengthened our role as a steward of place in our host city and region. For our collective efforts, we have been recognized with a renewed 10-year accreditation by NECHE. Our 2020-25 strategic plan provides guidance in support of our mission and values, and is well aligned to the Department of Higher Education’s Strategic Plan for Racial Equity. 这并不总是那么容易, particularly having to navigate through a health crisis, but I am confident that Fitchburg State is positively situated with a bright future ahead and that the next president will be well positioned to lead the university forward.
对于我们的学生，你们是我们来到这里的原因. I am always inspired by your drive to succeed and improve who you are, 无论是学术上还是个人上. You have taught me a great deal about life and challenged me to consider new ideas and perspectives that I had not considered, 为此我心存感激. 你帮助我成长.
There is still much work to do together over the remaining academic year, and I will continue to maintain my focus on serving the needs of the campus community. I will assist the campus and our Board of Trustees as they work to identify the next university president, 并确保无缝过渡.
再一次。, I want to thank you for the privilege I was given to serve you and extend my appreciation to everyone for your support during my presidency. While my time will end on campus, the memories and friendships formed will remain forever.