October 18, 2010

President Notes Progress, Thanks University Community in State of the University Address

President Barbara R. Snyder

In her fourth State of the University address, President Barbara R. Snyder on Friday thanked the Case Western Reserve community for contributing to the campus’s progress.

Citing gains from fiscal health to admissions to fundraising, President Snyder credited faculty, staff, students, and alumni for the university’s renewed sense of momentum.

“To everyone in our university community, thank you for believing that we could be so much more,” Snyder said to the crowd in the Thwing Center ballroom. “We are well on our way.”

During her remarks, the president announced that the university had completed its third straight fiscal year with a surplus – this one $2.2 million. She also noted that Case Western Reserve had logged a third straight year of attainment more than $100 million. For fiscal year 2010, the total was $115.5 million, the second highest in the university’s history.

Snyder said that much has changed in her four years as president. When she arrived on campus, the university had a $20 million deficit; the very next year, the university emerged with a balanced budget. During her address, the president shared financial results for fiscal year 2010, which again were positive. In fact, they were $7 million better than projected, with a surplus of $2.2 million.

Even with this success, the president emphasized, the university has much more work to do. Major investments in police personnel and security equipment have led to significant declines in crime in recent years. Yet a series of incidents in the last week provided a powerful reminder of the need to stay vigilant. The president noted that the university was increasing patrols in the heart of the campus, and would report to the community on additional measures in the near future.

The president also praised everyone who had contributed to the improvements in admissions. The enrollment management staff deserves substantial credit, she said, but they are the first to cite the importance of families’ contact with students and faculty.

“Once potential students have a sense of our dynamic faculty,” Snyder said. “they realize just what an opportunity it is to come here.”

To underscore the point, the president presented a video compilation of some of the year’s greatest highlights. Watch the video here.

The president concluded the address by telling the extraordinary story of Anna Kennedy, a junior who successfully battled Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Kennedy demonstrated remarkable courage during the ordeal, and received exceptional care from Stan Gerson, MD, director of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. She also enjoyed tremendous support from her coach, Tiffany Crooks, and the players on the varsity women’s soccer team, for which she is a goalkeeper. 

“We talk a lot about building community at Case Western Reserve,” Snyder told the team, which was present with Anna and Gerson during the speech. “Your support of Anna provides a lesson for us all.”

Watch a video that Kennedy’s teammates made for her online. Click here to read a transcript of the president’s remarks.

Posted by: David Wilson, October 18, 2010 11:33 AM | News Topics:

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