Dear Faculty and Staff,
I hope you have been enjoying the summer and that you have had at least some time to relax and reflect during these lovely months. As we prepare for the new school year, I wanted to inform you of several significant changes that have occurred over the summer break.
To begin, the response to the voluntary retirement program was considerably larger than anticipated. Sixteen members of the administration have signed up for the program, though in some cases, final decisions have not been made. Those who do finalize acceptance of the package will be retiring between now and January 2013.
The collective contribution of these individuals is impossible to quantify and their departures will change the fabric of the community, both in their own departments and throughout the College. Because plans are not yet completely certain, it would be premature to list everyone here but, suffice it to say, each of them has played a significant role in our community and will be missed. We will have an opportunity to celebrate our retirees’ incredible service to Barnard with a special College-wide celebration this fall, the details of which will be provided soon.
Meanwhile, with the departure of so many key members of the community, a ripple of change is created across campus. As a result, we are looking at ways to restructure and reorganize certain departments in order to provide the best possible education for our students and the highest level of support for our faculty. At the same time, we are also deeply aware of the College’s ongoing budgetary constraints and thus are always trying to improve services while simultaneously managing and reducing costs.
Here are a few of the administrative changes that are underway, by department:
I want to thank you for your patience as move forward. There is no doubt that change is hard and that it will take some time to adjust. But, change also presents real opportunity for the future of the College. As we continue to work together, I anticipate truly great things for Barnard in the months and years to come.
I look forward to seeing you all once classes resume in September.