As I reflect on 2012 I am pleased to report that the accomplishments of our faculty, staff and students have made our college more successful than ever before. There are so many to mention I have included links to previous issues of 2012 CAFLS eNews where you will find information about many of them.
We will begin 2013 with 13 new faculty members and five new staff members that were hired this year. Our freshman enrollment for the 2012-2013 Academic Year was up 30 percent. Additionally, searches are underway for two department chairs and 13 new faculty members.
The 100,000 sq. ft. new Life Sciences building will open its doors in January with 25 faculty offices and research labs, three teaching labs, and an imaging suite —all fully equipped with state-of-the-art technologies. CAFLS will have a Dedication Ceremony for the new building on February 8, 2013 and I hope you all will attend.
2012 marked the 150th Anniversary of the establishment of the nationwide land-grant university system, made possible by the passage of the Morrill Act in 1862. As the first United States Superintendent of Agriculture, our founder, Thomas Green Clemson, was an early advocate for public support of affordable higher education in the agricultural and mechanical arts. To honor Clemson’s legacy as a land grant university we have created an historical timeline of our history. To view the timeline click the link below.
Providing our students with an excellent education is our highest priority. In 2013 we will be better equipped than ever before with more faculty and staff, our first new research and education building in many years, and renovated labs and new equipment in our older buildings. Our dedication to student academic excellence and student engagement will continue through faculty mentoring, Creative Inquiry, Study Abroad, Internships and Coops, and Service Learning.
Our goal is to make CAFLS a new model for a life-based, interdisciplinary college for the 21st century. With your continued support, dedication and commitment to excellence I know we will reach that goal. Please join me in making 2013 another outstanding year for CAFLS.