Message from Dr. Belinda S. Miles: Starting a New Semester
September 7, 2018
From classrooms to counters and welcome tents to New Student Convocation, this week we welcomed all students to a new semester at Westchester Community College. We are immensely proud of our students and honored they would choose to spend this part of their educational and career journey with us.
Similarly, we are fortunate to have so many wonderful employees who help students get a strong start and stay on their pathways toward goal completion. Each of us plays a role in this process. I am particularly grateful for those who work daily on massive behind the scenes processes, reports, and functions that make it possible for the college to deliver our programming and services to students, employees, and the community. With sincere gratitude, we bid farewell this week to one such individual, Sabrina Johnson-Chandler, who retired after 23 years of stellar service as Director of Human Resources. Like yours, her contributions are too numerous to mention in this simple note. Thanks all around!
This week we also welcomed the return of our sorely missed faculty from their summer leave. Our students spend the bulk of their time with you through the teaching and learning experiences you facilitate in and beyond the classroom. They look to you for guidance, insight, and direction as they navigate through the college experience. I look forward to celebrating the new academic year with you during the upcoming Faculty Convocation program.
As we come to the close of a five-year strategic plan in 2019, there is much occurring within and around our institution that impacts our choices for the future. Accordingly, we will kick off a strategic planning process this year as we begin the journey toward our 75th anniversary in 2021. We will have more to say on that later this month.
It is truly rewarding to be part of this special place with a such a dedicated team focused on helping every person, student or employee, become his or her best self.
With gratitude, always.
Dr. Belinda S. Miles