Thank you for welcoming me to Rutgers-Camden! (Tuesday, July 1, 2014)

To the Campus Community:

At the end of my first day as chancellor, I would like to thank you all for the warm welcome that I have received.  I spent some time walking around campus and, to a person, everyone I met showed me why Rutgers–Camden is known and respected as the friendliest, most personable campus within the Rutgers system.  The emails and phone calls that I have received during the last few months also have been heartwarming and gracious. I truly appreciate your well wishes and confidence about the future.

I agree that this is a time for clear-eyed optimism.  Rutgers–Camden is at an exciting juncture in history.  We know how to support our students and build access.  We know how to pursue and achieve world-class research.  And we have an impressive record of meaningful service to our city, region, and state.

Any one of these attributes would be significant.  Taken collectively, they make us an extraordinary institution poised for growth and influence at every level.  We have advanced to this transformative stage because of your dedication, creativity, intellect, and hard work. I feel privileged to join you on this team and in this journey.

The story of Rutgers–Camden is a compelling one.  I look forward to working with you to tell this story, helping to capture the imaginations of our diverse audiences.  Earlier today, I had an opportunity to see that story come to life, as our School of Nursing welcomed the students, faculty, and staff of the legacy UMDNJ nursing program in Stratford to our campus.  The warmth and enthusiasm of everyone at the merger celebration spoke volumes about our commitment to excellence, access, and collaboration.

During the coming weeks, I intend to meet with many of you as I bring myself fully up to speed with your achievements, aspirations, and goals.  As a community, in the next few months we shall conclude our strategic planning process and begin the work of realizing our vision for the future. While it’s true that we face challenges in the current economic climate, we have tremendous opportunities for growth on campus, in the city and region, and alongside the other campuses in the Rutgers system.

As I begin this new job, I want to thank Chancellor Wendell Pritchett for his vision and tremendous leadership over the past five years.  Rutgers–Camden is stronger than ever, and we are indebted to him for this exceptional legacy.  I know that you join me in wishing him farewell and wanting him to know that his has been a job well done.

If you see me on campus, I hope that you will take the time to introduce yourself.  I look forward to meeting you and working together on behalf of Rutgers–Camden.

Phoebe A. Haddon, J.D., LL.M.


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