Welcome to our New Academic YearThe beginning of the new academic year is always a special occasion for those of us engaged in higher education, and I want to extend my warmest wishes to faculty, staff, and students for success as we embark upon the challenges and opportunities of the coming year.
NJIT’s new and returning students bring with them a bounty of energy and enthusiasm that literally imbues the campus with an amazing vitality and a window into the future. Our students are among the most talented in the nation. Their predecessors have been recruited into the best-paying jobs and most promising careers at a rate that is twice the national average. They have gone forward to become America’s innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders of industry and it is no accident that their efforts have led to NJIT’s ranking of fourth among public universities in the United States for alumni earning potential.
We begin this academic year on an especially high note, having been awarded nearly $100 million from the State of New Jersey for new and renovated facilities. I am very pleased to let you know that to acknowledge NJIT’s quality work and the funding of the largest single capital academic project by the State – the renovation of the Central King Building – Governor Chris Christie will be visiting the site on September 3rd at 11:00 a.m., and all are invited to attend. In addition, on September 18th at 11:00 a.m., we will be holding a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate and mark the opening of the Warren Street Village, the home to our new Greek houses and the residential Albert Dorman Honors College, two communities of students who excel at NJIT.
NJIT’s accomplished and distinguished faculty continue to garner professional recognition and grant support at an unprecedented pace, as well as turning their ideas into practical applications – NJIT is ranked fourth in the nation for inventions per federal dollar invested. This year along with our record enrollment of students, we are welcoming 12 new faculty members, having built on the recruitment of 24 new faculty members the prior year for a total of 36, and we will also be welcoming our newly appointed Dean of the College of Computing Sciences, Dr. Marek Rusinkiewicz. Our new faculty members bring knowledge and talent in our three strategic interdisciplinary areas of sustainable systems, digital everywhere and the convergent life science and engineering. In so doing, they will help create a collaborative learning environment mirroring the workplaces where the majority of NJIT students will build their careers.
As the current Strategic Plan approaches completion in 2015, we will initiate the process for developing our next strategic plan to be guided by the provision of an outstanding education to our students and to engage in accomplished and high value research. We must continue to provide our considerable knowledge and expertise to the challenges of our rapidly changing society – and we must constantly assess the bigger picture of national and global impact. We must be ever alert to how our faculty and students can best fuel new industries, jobs, and economic growth here at home and around the world.
NJIT will also continue to be a dedicated partner in the economic life of our host city and to our higher education colleagues. This past year, Gateway Phase 2 was launched in order to add parking, residences, and retail adjacent to our campus and the University Heights. We are a considerable force in helping to energize the development potential of University Heights with launching of the Warren Street Village project. And, stay tuned about future developments in the University Heights Science and Technology Park – home to our 90 incubator companies at our Enterprise Development Centers that provide employment for more than 300 of our students.
So with great pride, I welcome all of you to a new year at NJIT. Together we are continuing on a journey that will have a significant and distinct impact on our global community and quality of life. I thank you for joining us in our efforts, and I know that we are prepared to work together to achieve our shared goals.
Dr. Joel S. Bloom
President, New Jersey Institute of Technology