His presidency and important work set forth in our strategic plan will continue for the next 15 months.
The Adelphi University Board of Trustees will be undertaking a national search for the University’s 10th president with the assistance of an executive search firm. A search committee will be established that will include representation from the board, the faculty, the student body and the administration.
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DR. ROBERT A. SCOTT TO CONCLUDE HIS 15 YEARS OF EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE AS ADELPHI UNIVERSITY'S PRESIDENT IN JULY 2015
University is at the strongest point in its history thanks to nearly
a decade and a half of Dr. Scott’s leadership.
GARDEN CITY, NY, March 26, 2014—Dr.
Robert A. Scott, Adelphi University president, chief executive officer
and professor of anthropology and sociology since July 2000, announced
today his decision to conclude his service as president and CEO at the
end of his 15th year in the role. Effective July 1, 2015, Dr. Scott will
assume the positions of president emeritus and University professor. A
national search for his successor is underway.
“These years have been immensely gratifying to me,” Dr. Scott said. “With the support of a dynamic and talented team, we charted a course that would bring distinction to the University, create a campus community that is focused on student success, engage our regional partners in finding solutions to critical challenges and reconnect with our alumni. Adelphi’s endowment has tripled, undergraduate enrollment has grown by 63 percent and we have achieved the highest graduation rates among comprehensive private colleges in the Long Island region. Annual giving by undergraduate alumni, one indicator of engagement, continues to grow every year and is trending towards 10 percent, up from 2 percent at the start of my tenure. We have added or renovated more than 500,000 square-feet of state-of-the-art facilities while maintaining our “A” rating by Standard & Poor’s. Confidence in this direction can be measured by the response of our faculty, staff and alumni to the University’s first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign, with 100 percent of the board, 60 percent of the faculty and staff and more than 16,000 alumni contributing,” he concluded.
Robert B. Willumstad ’05 (Hon.), chair of the University’s Board of Trustees said, “President Scott has been the driving force of the transformation that has taken place at Adelphi since 2000. The board is exceedingly grateful for his exceptional service, especially his commitment to ensuring that Adelphi is an excellent and relevant university dedicated to student success. Of equal merit has been his focus on creating an organizational culture that values the role of alumni in ensuring a robust and forward-looking institution.” In regards to the search, Mr. Willumstad stated that the board has begun the process of forming a search committee that will include trustees, faculty, staff, students and alumni. Mr. Willumstad said that he expects to announce the membership of the search committee in the coming days.
The University is at the strongest point in its history thanks to nearly a decade and a half of Dr. Scott’s leadership. Highlights of recent accomplishments, many of which have been achieved as part of the University’s strategic plan, AU 2015, include:
- Accolades for academic excellence and relevance of our programs and outcomes include:
- named to The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, with the additional honor in 2013 of receiving the award “With Distinction,” a category reserved for “top tier applicant institutions.”
- national ranking as a top National University in the annual U.S. News “Best Colleges” report and noted as one of the Best Colleges for Veterans; the College of Nursing and Public Health and the School of Social Work are included on the U.S. News “Best Graduate Schools” list with the School of Social Work appearing as one of the top 50 in the country
- recognition by The Princeton Review in its The Best 378 Colleges: 2014 Edition and Guide to 322 Green Colleges
- The Education Trust selection as a Top 25 Gainer in Hispanic Student Graduation Rates Among Private Institutions
- ranked in the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus, earning the designation as a 2014 Military Friendly School®.
- External recognitions for value include:
- eight consecutive years as a Fiske Guide to Colleges Best Buy
- a Top College pick by Forbes Magazine
- a 2013 Best Bang for the Buck by Washington Monthly magazine
- a leader among national universities for the return on investment factor (ROI) according to Payscale.com
2013 report from the New York City Department of Education cited the
Ruth S. Ammon School of Education as tied for the highest percentage of
its alumni teachers considered to be highly effective in student
improvement on standardized math and English tests between fourth and
- In 2003, Adelphi became a non-governmental organization (NGO) of the United Nations.
addition to adding three new women’s sports since 2001, in 2009,
Adelphi moved to the more prestigious Northeast-10 Conference and
continued winning championships as well as the conference’s Presidents’
Cup for overall success.
- Since 2000, the Adelphi Panthers have earned six NCAA Division II national titles and 81 NCAA national tournament berths.
- The endowment has more than tripled to over $160 million and total assets have grown to $408 million from $171 million in 10 years. This measure of fiscal strength contributed to the University sustaining an unsubsidized “A” bond rating from Standard & Poor’s since 2008.
- Since 2001, the number of full-time faculty has increased from 194 to 340
partnerships with private donors such as the McDonell Fellowship
Program for promising students in the sciences, the annual Hagedorn
Lecture on Corporate Social Responsibility and the Community Fellows
Program have been implemented.
has implemented a rigorous program review system and has sought and
achieved discipline-seeking specific accreditations including AACSB,
NCATE, ASHA, APA, and other examples.
Center for Health Innovation was established in 2012 to create and
foster practitioner-focused, interdisciplinary academic programming,
healthcare research, community partnerships and leadership—all with the
goal of meeting current and emergent healthcare needs.
connections to the Long Island nonprofit community, the successful
Center for Nonprofit Leadership was established in 2006 and remains the
only such center in the country attached to a School of Social Work.
investments have been made in innovative programs that link regional
needs with institutional strengths such as the innovative Bridges to
Adelphi program and the Social Training Center, which support students
with autism spectrum disorder, and the Levermore Global Scholars program
that links academic programming with global issues, the United Nations
and local voluntarism.
- The Alice Brown Early Learning Center was dedicated in 2008, establishing a state-of-the-art early childhood education learning lab for our Ruth S. Ammon School of Education students as well as aspiring professionals in social work, psychology and healthcare who are training to work with young children.
enrollment (FTE) has grown by 48 percent since 2001with the highest
graduation rates of any comprehensive private college in the Long Island
support of teaching and learning, instructional expenses per FTE are
now a higher proportion of the budget than at most other institutions in
participation in Undergraduate Research Day has grown from 53
participants when we launched the initiative in 2005, to more than 200
in 2013. According to the most recent survey of graduate alumni
(2011–2012 graduates), 93 percent of master’s graduates report having a
job in their field within a year of graduation and 83 percent within six
months of graduation. Ninety-six percent of those who have a job
reported that it was related to their field.
- Approximately 77 percent of undergraduate students now participate in some form of experiential learning—e.g., internships, clinical placements, fieldwork, etc. According to the fall 2013 National Survey of Student Engagement, two thirds of Adelphi seniors said they worked at an internship or fieldwork of some sort, a significantly higher proportion than their peers.
- The first new construction on the Garden City campus in more than 30 years began in 2002. Since then, more than $250 million of construction and renovation has been completed totaling more than 500,000 square-feet of space. Features include additional residence hall capacity for more than 350 students and LEED certification by the US Green Building Council for 150,000 square-feet of the new and renovated facilities. Construction of a new 100,000 square-foot Nexus Building and Welcome Center began in fall 2013. This building, expected to be LEED certified and completed in the summer of 2015, will become the state-of-the-art home for the recently renamed College of Nursing and Public Health, as well as the Center for Health Innovation and essential student services.
have become re-engaged in events and philanthropy. The undergraduate
alumni participation rate in annual giving has risen from under 2
percent in 2001 and is trending towards 10 percent. Successful
completion of the University’s first-ever comprehensive fundraising
campaign, in which more than 60 percent of the faculty and staff and
more than 16,000 alumni and friends participated, exceeding the $56
2006, the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education was named following a
multimillion dollar gift from Carol A. Ammon, M.B.A. ’79, ’10 (Hon.).
Following a $9.5 million gift from trustee and chairman of the board
Robert B. Willumstad ’05 (Hon.), the School of Business was named the
Robert B. Willumstad School of Business.
there are 24 alumni members of the 30-member Board of Trustees. In
2001, there were just 6. Alumni also serve on several advisory councils
and as mentors to current students.
- In 2003, the first million-dollar gift from a living donor was received. Today, there are 16 members of the Million Dollar Roundtable that was established in 2006.
About Dr. Robert A. Scott
While serving as president, Dr. Scott continues to be a prolific writer and often participates in the public dialogue through his lectures and service on numerous boards, including the Long Island Association, the Paul Taylor Dance Company and Global Kids, Inc. and his membership on the Council on Foreign Relations.
Frequently published, his essays have earned Gold International MarCom and BOLI awards. The host of the television program Exploring Critical Issues, which has garnered multiple Telly Awards and a Gold International MarCom Award, Dr. Scott and his guests tackle important regional and national public policy issues.
In recognition of his ethical and transformational leadership, the audit firm Grant-Thornton dedicated its 2013 annual report on higher education to Dr. Scott as the leader of Adelphi’s progress. Since joining Adelphi, Dr. Scott has been named one of the 100 Most Influential Long Islanders by Long Island Business News and was recognized with the 2008 Chief Executive Leadership Award by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District II. He has received numerous additional accolades, including: The Association for Commerce Industry and Technology Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Higher Education; the Raoul Wallenberg Humanitarian Leadership Award; the Garden City Chamber of Commerce Achievement Award; and the Outstanding Paper Award for Excellence from Emerald Group Publishing, Ltd. in 2003, among others.
About Adelphi University
Adelphi is a world-class, modern university with excellent and highly relevant programs where students prepare for lives of active citizenship and professional careers. Through its schools and programs—College of Arts and Sciences, Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Honors College, Robert B. Willumstad School of Business, Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, University College, College of Nursing and Public Health and the School of Social Work—the coeducational university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as professional and educational programs for adults. Adelphi University currently enrolls nearly 8,000 students from 43 states and 45 foreign countries. With its main campus in Garden City and its centers in Manhattan, Suffolk County, and Poughkeepsie, the University, chartered in 1896, maintains a commitment to liberal studies, in tandem with rigorous professional preparation and active citizenship.