From The President

Dear Friends of Notre Dame College,

Dr. Andrew P. RothAs I prepare to embark on my next “voyage of discovery,” one that I suspect will be quite a change from our College's recent journey, I am given to pause and reflect on the past 11 years.

Eleven years ago, a question I heard very often was, “Why are you here; why did you come to Notre Dame College?”

What drew me here is what has kept me here. While we have built numerous physical structures to keep pace with the College's growth—bricks and mortar, grass and turf, things that you can touch and feel—what I quickly discovered is the tremendous resource of our strongest asset, our people.

For the tangible, all we need do is look around. I could not be prouder of what we have accomplished working together, such as: establishing the Academic Support Center for Students With Learning Differences, developing a first-rate nursing division whose graduates are highly respected in the many fine medical facilities they serve, renovating of Christ the King Chapel to its original splendor, constructing on-campus athletic fields that go well beyond sports in increasing student engagement and campus vitality and the remodeling of existing and building of new residence halls.

We’ve also done a wonderful job with some academic enhancements, always mindful of our educational philosophy that colleges and schools of higher learning exist to serve students first. I am deeply grateful to the faculty and staff who have supported me by supporting our students, the current and previous trustees and directors of the College who provided sage advice when faced with challenges, and the Sisters of Notre Dame who developed a very special teaching pedagogy.

In this issue of Notre Dame Today, we take a look not only at things we have done and results we have produced but also at what we have discovered along the way: an enduring legacy of leadership the College has perpetuated for more than 90 years through its presidents; trustees and administrators who guide the day-to-day operations of the College; and faculty and staff who provide the personal attention to our students for which the College is known. We also salute our students at this year's commencement ceremonies and recognize three who stand out amongst their peers; we take a pictorial look at the development of the College over the years; and we profile student Meaghan Wierzbic who, after a number of setbacks, discovered Notre Dame was the fit for her.

So why did I come here and why have I stayed? Because when I first arrived on this beautiful campus 11 years ago, I discovered an all too well-kept secret. But that was more than a decade ago, and we are no longer a secret to those who know the community, Northeast Ohio and quality education. Notre Dame has made its mark. Notre Dame has been discovered, and I am honored to have played a role in the transformation.

By working together, we have done much. I am confident that our next president, Thomas Kruczek, will continue to build one of the finest small, private, values-based colleges in the region.


Andrew P. Roth, Ph.D.

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