Speeches & Statements

Campus and National Speeches

President's Fall Convocation August 2013

Smithsonian African American Museum Groundbreaking

Teachers College 2014 Medal for Distinguished Service

Interviews that Matter April 2014

2014-15 Statements to the Campus

9/11 Anniversary

September 11, 2014

To the Old Westbury Community, Today marks the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. As a campus community, we should take time to remember the terrible events of that day and the thousands of lives that were senselessly lost. Those who lost loved ones, especially those members of the Old Westbury community who were and remain affected, should be at the forefront of our thoughts today.

Particularly, we remember the graduates who perished that day: James J. Carson, Class of 1993, of Baldwin, New York, Dennis Michael Edwards, Class of 1988, of Huntington, New York, Wade Brian Green, Class of 1984, of Westbury, New York, Joseph Maloney, Class of 1980, of Farmingville, New York, and Anthony Perez, Class of 2000, of Locust Valley, New York.

While time continues to pass and new edifices rise to replace those no longer standing, the events of 9/11remain vivid in our memories and serve as an ongoing reminder not only of the losses we suffered but of how we came together, as neighbors, citizens, friends and family, in the aftermath of tragedy. Although sometimes forgotten and strained, the strength from our shared humanity that was forged in those days remains our greatest asset.

As we mark this anniversary, we should also remember to thank the first responders and those serving in the armed forces for their efforts to protect and serve our nation.

While I know we will each in our own ways observe this anniversary, we as a campus also have opportunities to come together in honor of those lost on 9/11. The college’s annual “Walk to Remember 9/11” begins at 5 p.m. outside the Clark Center and, before tip-off of tonight’s women’s volleyball game, a tribute to our lost alumni will take place. If you have the opportunity to participate in these events, please do so.

Old Westbury is a place that has rightfully been celebrated for years for bringing people of all races, creeds, and socioeconomic backgrounds together. We must remember that our world is made up of people like ourselves. We may look different, hold different beliefs, and speak different languages, but we are one in our humanity.

Honoring the memories of those lost on 9/11 is one way we can all be mindful of that important truth.

Thank you.

College at Old Westbury Administration

August 27, 2014

As we launch the 2014 – 2015 academic year, I am pleased to begin my 15th year as President of the College at Old Westbury. In so many ways my tenure here has been rewarding. The College has experienced enrollment growth and maintained our diversity while imposing higher selectivity; the faculty has grown in numbers and accomplishments; academic programs have been enriched and expanded and the campus has experienced many capital improvements. These accomplishments are attributable to all who work here and continue to dedicate your services to our community.

I have given much thought to the administrative areas of the College and how we might better operate. I have looked closely at functions and personnel. In doing so, I am pleased to share with you that effective August 28, 2014, the following will be in place:

  • The Division of Enrollment Services under the continued leadership of Vice President Mary Marquez Bell will become a direct report to the Division of Academic Affairs.
  • Computing Services and Capital Planning will become a direct report to the Division of Business and Finance.
  • Ms. Mona Rankin will serve as Chief of Staff.
  • Dr. Patrick O’Sullivan will serve as Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs.
  • Mr. Len Davis will serve as Senior Vice President of Business and Finance and Chief Financial Officer.
  • Mr. Usama Shaikh will serve as Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs.
  • Mr. Frank Pizzardi will serve as Director of Admissions.
  • Ms. Sarah Taiclet will serves as Associate Director of Admissions.
  • Ms. Becky Evans will serve as Assistant Director of Admissions.

I applaud and graciously thank those mentioned above along with the entire faculty and staff for your continued commitment to the College at Old Westbury. I look forward to working with you this 2014 – 2015 academic year.


An archive of messages from the 2013-14 academic year is also available.