Dear Friends of St. John's University,
As President of St. John’s, I have the great pleasure of
presenting this report, which highlights the major accomplishments
of the University’s 2004-05 academic year. The report has two
First, it seeks to capture the significant achievements of our
faculty and students. In so doing, it evidences that St. John’s
continues to build upon its record of academic excellence. As you
will read on the following pages, this year, several new programs
were launched – most notably within the Tobin College of Business
and the College of Professional Studies, enhancing the educational
options for students. Several academic programs were recognized for
their excellence by U.S.News & World Report and The Princeton
Review. Faculty were successful in the most competitive of venues
and won major grants and highly respected fellowships. Students
excelled in the classroom and on the playing fields.
Second, and even more important, this report seeks to convey the
uniqueness of our institution. St. John’s is one of thousands of
colleges and universities in the United States and one of hundreds
of Catholic institutions of higher education. But it is one of only
three institutions (Niagara and DePaul are the others) founded and
sponsored by the Vincentian community. Our Vincentian mission
distinguishes us. That mission, and the many ways by which we seek
to fulfill it, gives thematic unity to this report. As you will
note, we seek, always, to provide values-based education rooted in
the principles of social justice and concern for the dignity of all
persons. And we seek, in a special way, to reach out to the poor
and marginalized, recognizing that interaction with the
disadvantaged can transform our lives as well as theirs.
I hope that you will be informed, intrigued and inspired by the
stories that you read here. Know that the University remains
grateful for the support and inspiration which you, our friends,
continue to provide.
Rev. Donald J. Harrington, C.M.