As we embark on a new academic year – the 88th in Monmouth University’s proud history – I am so pleased to welcome you back to campus for what my faculty and staff colleagues hope will be one of our best years yet. We look forward to seeing all of you in person, and to making your Monmouth experience a positive and memorable one.
I wish to extend a special welcome to our new first-year and transfer students. And, I would also like to welcome in a special way our rising sophomores, many of whom are settling into campus life for the first time this fall. We are so pleased that you’ve chosen Monmouth as your new home, and look forward to tracking your successes in the classroom and beyond over the coming years.
The past 18 months have presented unprecedented challenges, to which the Monmouth community has routinely responded with determination, flexibility, resilience, and compassion. I am grateful to each of you, as well as to our faculty and staff, for continually prioritizing the needs and best interests of our University community.
Over the past several months, our team has been working diligently to plan for your arrival this fall in a safe and responsible manner. We are eager for you to see the changes and improvements to our campus, including many new and upgraded facilities to advance our academic mission and community-building ideals. Early next week, I will send a message highlighting these recent facilities updates.
While things are slowly beginning to resemble our pre-pandemic state of normalcy, we must continue to remain vigilant in following our health and safety protocols, informed by prevailing public health guidance. Please continue to mask up, back up, wash up, and adhere to testing requirements. As I’ve said before, it is going to take each of us to protect all of us. Thank you for your continued commitment to the health and welfare of the Monmouth community.
My best wishes to each of you for a safe and successful fall semester.
Dr. Patrick F. Leahy