University of Rochester

Office of the President

Office of the President

A Message to the University Community

January 12, 2006

To My Friends:

I'd like to express my tremendous appreciation for the students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and friends of the University who have greeted Friederike and me with such warmth and who have helped us off to such a great start. All of those we have met during our first six months in Rochester show a great enthusiasm for the University and for all that it achieves.

Much has begun during these last six months. Let me highlight a few key developments:

All of these administrative activities serve as the underpinnings for the superb work of our faculty and students. Let me also share with you some of their honors and awards from the preceding few months:

Notable achievements and events took place across the campuses, including the following:

Few contributions that individuals can make are more precious than the creation of endowed professorships. Such positions permanently recognize the donor while honoring the scholarship, teaching, and service that make our University one of the great academic institutions in the world today. In the months and years ahead, we will work to dramatically increase the number of endowed chairs throughout the University. It is fitting that we will launch this initiative with the University-wide ceremony marking the naming of the new Thomas H. Jackson Distinguished Professorship, a chair honoring my predecessor. This celebration—at a date later this semester, soon to be announced—will be the first of many to come.

Let me express my special thanks to our Board of Trustees whose members tripled their contributions to the Trustees' Annual Fund. Further, our Board Chairman, G. Robert Witmer, Jr. '59, made an additional gift that will allow the University to rename the President's House in honor of his parents! And, recognizing that each of us has his or her own role to play in supporting the University, I am also happy to report that the vice presidents and deans—the senior leadership—show a 100 percent participation rate in this year's Annual Fund.

Happy New Year and best wishes to all!


Joel Seligman