A Letter from the President
Given Cedar Crest’s prestigious history and significant institutional accomplishments, one could imagine it being challenging to chart a course for the next few years. But as we thought strategically these past 17 months, our calling became clear. We have been charged with ensuring that Cedar Crest College is here for another 150 years, serving as a model of a 21st century women’s college. This means balancing all of those elements that have been essential to making the College exceptional, while anticipating those which the future will demand in order to sustain that level of excellence and achieve even greater heights.
In these pages you will find our acceptance of this charge and our ambitious plan to secure our future as a distinctive women’s college dedicated to the education of the next generation of leaders. We, the faculty, staff, students, alumnae, friends, and our Board of Trustees, began refashioning our mission statement many months ago. The new statement, clearly focused on educating women leaders, was an affirmation of our core mission and distinguished history, and a lodestar for envisioning our future.
The strategic plan reframes Cedar Crest as a place dedicated to cultivating and promoting women’s leadership, integrating this commitment seamlessly into the academic program and student life. This vision requires that we abandon traditional definitions and seek to provide a distinctive educational experience to those of all age groups and beyond our geographic area. We are equally convinced that we must cultivate our students’ ability to think globally and behave ethically, and our plan responds to this call. In pursuit of our ambitious strategic goals, this vibrant community of scholars will have a profound impact on our community – locally, nationally, and globally. Simply put, we plan to enhance the world in which we live, one Cedar Crest student at a time.
In this strategic plan, we commit our energies to five broad principles that define the College’s areas of strength, and to twenty-two initiatives created by faculty, staff and students in areas ripe for expansion and newly created avenues that fit squarely within our core mission and values. These innovations will ensure that Cedar Crest continues to distinguish itself from its peers, and are just ambitious enough to provide the nervous energy necessary to achieve something substantial. We are under no illusions that our efforts will be without challenge; thus our planning document is a flexible one, allowing us to be responsive to those challenges while still adhering to the plan’s goals.
In a few short years Cedar Crest College will celebrate its sesquicentennial. As we work towards our 150th year, we do so with the intent of building a stronger, more profound community, one prepared for the dynamism of the higher education landscape in the next century. We approach this work knowing that our success is dependent upon gathering old and new partners alike who wish to imagine our future.
This plan presents the pathway forward. We hope that you will join us.
Carmen Twillie Ambar
13th president of Cedar Crest College
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