The campus was taken
by surprise last November 28 by Chancellor David Scotts announcement
that he would leave office this June even though, as he told the
Faculty Senate two days later, I think you always knew I was going
to step down sometime between that point and two years from now.
Hed never planned
to stay longer than 10 years in the post, said Scott. He said that
as he worked on his Strategic Action retrospective
the report on the accomplishments of the past six years which hed
presented to the senate earlier in the fall hed come to feel
that the beginning of a new planning cycle was a natural juncture for
a change of leadership.
| THEY'LL BE CHEERING UMASS FROM THE SIDELINES: The
Scotts at Hillside in October.
This years holiday card
from Hillside, the chancellors house, contained a message from David
and Kathleen Scott on their impending departure. It appears at upper right
as a way of extending their thanks and good wishes to as many members
as possible of the community they hold in such clear affection and esteem.
Similarly, the following highlights
of Scotts Strategic Action report summarize for our
readers the chancellors assessment of the current state of the campus,
which he introduced this way to the senate:
are better. Our reputation is better. We have become a wired campus. We
have improved access by holding down tuition and fees and increasing aid
to students. We have a planning process that goes hand-in-hand with our
budget process. We have created partnerships locally and internationally.
Our research has increased, and it has been accomplished with fewer faculty.
- Over $130 million raised in Campaign UMass, a year ahead
- A new logo, higher national profile, and enhanced reputation.
- Four new buildings (polymer science, computer science,
animal care, and daycare), Fine Arts Center lobby, $4.5 million in classroom
renovations. Total expenditure on physical improvements: $78 million.
- Wired 98 percent of campus, including all residence halls,
allowing installation of 21,633 Internet connection ports. Total capital
investment in information technology: $15 million.
- Established vice chancellery for outreach, making outreach
equal to teaching and research.
- Increased access by holding tuition and fees constant
and increasing financial aid from 5.1 to 7 percent of budget.
- Increased selectivity, accepting 69 percent of applications
in 2000 compared to 86 percent in 1994; improved retention rates, achieved
goal of entering classes reflecting diversity of states college-bound
- In athletics, ranked among top 16 in Title IX compliance;
led Atlantic-10 in all-conference academic selections; won 1998 Division
I-AA football championship; renovated Garber Field, opened new softball
- Created Commonwealth College, welcomed 100 Massachusetts
valedictorians and salutatorians in the Class of 2004.
- Created 58 new international programs, increased number
of students studying abroad by 43 percent.
Scott said that while much
has been achieved, much remains to be done. He singled out the library
and physical plant as two areas where we must do better, and
said faster growth in sponsored research is a priority.
The strategic planning and
action of the past six years have tried to move the university forward
on many fronts, to make it a more connected and less fragmented
institution, Scott said. He added, These are intangibles, but I
believe the campus is more settled and more resilient than it was six
years ago. This is a great tribute to the faculty, staff, and students
who are dedicated to building the university through good times and bad.
This years card contained an affecting
message from the Scotts:
greeting will be our last from Hillside, the Chancellors
House. In July, after eight years, David will leave the chancellorship.
We can scarcely find words to express our emotions at leaving
the position that has put us in touch with such a wonderful company
of friends, colleagues, and supporters. Sometimes people we scarcely
knew sent messages of support and kind words. One man, whose name
we never learned, left a blue and white ceramic bird at our door,
just because he had heard that Kathleen liked blue and white pottery!
We also even appreciated the reminders from time to time of what
we did wrong! We shall never forget or cease to have warm-hearted
affection for UMass and you, and we shall be cheering for UMass
from the sidelines in the years ahead. It has been a privilege
to serve this University, which we know will stand and shine for
a long time to come.
David and Kathleen Scott
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