From the board chair

What an exciting time for Gettysburg College!

As you know, in late January, our Board of Trustees announced Robert W. Iuliano as the next president of our great College. Given the success he has achieved as a senior vice president at Harvard University and the stellar recommendations he has garnered, I am enthused to welcome President-elect Iuliano and his wife, Susan, to our Gettysburg College community, beginning this July.

I strongly believe that President-elect Iuliano’s character, decision-making, and collaborative spirit will position Gettysburg for excellence in the years ahead and amplify the great work and legacy of President Janet Morgan Riggs ’77.

Again, I want to express my heartfelt thanks to the members of our Presidential Search Committee, led by Board Vice Chair Charlie Scott ’77, P’09, P’12, for their diligence and commitment throughout the nine-month process. In addition, I want to thank all of you who offered valuable insights for our Committee’s discussions and consideration. It was your perspectives and support that made our presidential search a resounding success.

As we move forward, I have been thinking about where we are as an institution and where we want to go in the future. Certainly, we have much to be proud of and much to celebrate.

Our College’s reputation is strong. We are consistently recognized among the best liberal arts colleges in the nation for our academic quality and the value of our educational experience.

Families believe in a Gettysburg education. We continue to reach or surpass our enrollment goals each year—and that’s even in today’s ultra-competitive higher education environment.

Lastly, our graduates are finding tremendous success out in the world. In fact, one year after graduation, 98 percent of our grads are either employed or attending graduate school—and over the last few years, three out of four graduates have reported that the Gettysburg Network helped them in some way. To me, this speaks to the exceptional learning experience we provide for our students, and the eagerness of our alumni, parents, and friends to lend a helping hand to their fellow Gettysburgians.

At Gettysburg College, we are advancing our mission and making a difference—a testament to our collective efforts and the innovative strategies we’ve implemented over the last decade. Now the big question is: How do we build upon this success and take Gettysburg to the next level?

I pose this important question because I believe our College, guided by the vision and leadership of President-elect Iuliano, is poised to realize our potential, to inspire a new generation of students, and to make an even greater impact on our world.

There is nothing our community cannot accomplish, but it is going to take all of us—together. May we keep this great momentum going in the year ahead and ambitiously pursue the “unfinished work” still before us.

With great pride,
David Brennan ’75, P’00
Chair of the Board of Trustees

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