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Dr. Andre P. RothFor the past four years, Notre Dame College has enjoyed a remarkable growth cycle. Record-setting enrollments have allowed us to offer new academic and athletic programs, enhancing a growing student body and our recruitment efforts. The result has been larger freshman classes, enhancing a growing student body, and an energized College.

But as we move forward, it is time to ask important questions about our future. Chief among these is one I asked during my inaugural address in 2003: “Of what value is it to gain the world, but lose your soul?”

This question asked by Jesus in the Gospel of Mark seems applicable to the situation faced by Notre Dame. Becoming a large, flourishing entity in Northeast Ohio may be seen by some as a blessing. In reality, it would be a mixed blessing—if no blessing at all—if along the way the College were to forsake its connection to the Sisters of Notre Dame or lose touch with its connection to its core values.

For this reason, our vision for the future must be multi-faceted. We will increase our classroom and resident capacity to provide Notre Dame students with the facilities they need for an enjoyable and successful college experience. We will also continue our work to improve the delivery of the College’s educational offerings, including online courses and specialized educational services.

But our efforts will also include strategies to strengthen our institutional identity and to preserve the soul of the College. This will include a renewal of Christ the King Chapel, the liturgical heart of Notre Dame College. This renewal also involves examining our work in fulfilling our mission. For this task, I will be working with Sr. Carol Ziegler, SND, who came to Notre Dame last winter to serve as my Special Assistant for Mission Effectiveness. Sr. Carol’s work will include the infusion of mission into our student life program, offering our students an opportunity to develop a sense of personal responsibility.

The future holds great promise for Notre Dame, but I know that this future is not possible without those who we at the College count as friends. Thank you for your generous support of our students and our vision for what we can become.

Andrew P. Roth, Ph.D.
President