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From the President

In this year’s issue of the President’s Report, we reflect on the past, present and future of Notre Dame College. You will read about those who had a deep impact on both the history of the College and its many graduates; you will read about the College’s current record growth; and you will read about the College’s plans to maintain its high academic standards, its mission fidelity and its fiscal health.

Dr. Andrew P. RothIn 2009, the College bestowed its highest honors on two individuals who left their imprint while working at and with the institution. Bishop Emeritus Anthony M. Pilla received the Notre Dame College Medal exemplifying his commitment to the College’s mission for his efforts to make a Catholic education affordable to disadvantaged students, many of whom attended the College through a scholarship established in his honor. Therese Buettner Hummer ’46 accepted the 2009 Fidelia Award for more than six decades of service to the College, spanning from her student days during World War II to her support of the Christ the King Chapel renewal in 2008.

It is because of the work and sacrifice of individuals like Bishop Pilla and Therese Hummer and the many, many others who have served the College for almost nine decades, that Notre Dame has grown into a community of more than 2,000 students, faculty and staff.

These are exciting times at Notre Dame College. This fall the College welcomed its first football team and marching band; experienced its first “under the tent homecoming event”; saw a first rate theatrical production of “Proof”; saw its men’s soccer team qualify for the national championships; held the Fifth Annual Women’s Leadership Forum; enjoyed a superb Christmas concert by the College choir under the able direction of Sr. Karita; and launched an Abrahamic Center, an expansion of its highly successful Tolerance Resource Center, by welcoming renowned author Bruce Feiler to campus to speak about “Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths.”

The general economy presented the College with some anxious moments, but we are weathering the storm and look forward to a bright future as Notre Dame establishes itself as one of the region’s finest colleges. As it approaches its second century of service, the successful completion of Notre Dame’s “voyage of discovery” will be characterized by mission fidelity, educational excellence and financial stability. On the following pages you’ll find an outline of the College’s strategic plan to accomplish these goals. Many of these initiatives have already been implemented or are being implemented. For others, we will depend upon you, the generous supporters of Notre Dame College, to help us navigate the course to a successful conclusion.

As you read this report, you’ll note that everything we do at Notre Dame College focuses on fidelity to the College’s mission. As I never tire of saying, it is our mission that gives us purpose – it is our mission that justifies your support. We will ceaselessly strive to be worthy of that support!

Sincerely,

Dr. Andrew P. Roth

President, Notre Dame College