This issue of Gannon Magazine greets us at an exciting time of transition and success for our University.
Our 2016-17 Academic Year has concluded with much enthusiasm from our students celebrating the great work they’ve accomplished in the classroom and community, and also with much eagerness from our graduates who are now entering the world to pave the way in their professions and their lives. This sentiment inspires us as we transition into preparing for the upcoming academic year and welcoming a new class of students into the Gannon Family.
Certainly, the pace of the cycle of changes such as this – on campus and in the world – seems to move faster now than it ever has. This past year has been busy with change, announcing new academic programs, seeing renovation and growth to campus in both Erie and Ruskin, receiving regional and national achievements and recognition from the work of students and faculty, and forging new academic partnerships in China, Vietnam and around the world to continue welcoming a vibrant global family to campus.
Just as change is built on a foundation of continuity, our Mission continues to guide and inspire us as we move forward. To adapt to the ever-changing environment of higher education in our country and around the world, we are reflecting on our past and looking toward our future with a steadfast focus on the needs and aspirations of our students.
Our Mission and Catholic Identity will undoubtedly continue to guide the faculty, staff and us all in this endeavor to build on our momentum and palpable positive energy. The deep and distinctive culture of care and unity found in our Gannon Family will continue to cultivate inspiration and well-founded optimism. Together, we are shaping our University and transforming the lives of our students.
I hope that you enjoy the stories of our Gannon Family members in this issue of Gannon Magazine and welcome your feedback.
Keith Taylor, Ph.D.
President, Gannon University