Adelphi’s President Scott Steps Down After Turning the University Around

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]A[/dropcap]fter steering Adelphi University for 15 years as president, Robert Scott leaves the institution in far better shape than he found it. To call what he did on the Garden City campus a great turnaround would not be hype. The fate of this Long Island gem of higher learning looked dubious at best when he took over in July 2000.“I was the sixth president in three and a half years,” says Scott, who’d previously been president of Ramapo College, a public liberal arts institution in New Jersey, and deputy commissioner of higher education for both New Jersey and Indiana.Freshmen enrollment had dropped in half and half the resident halls were empty. Adelphi’s trustees were discussing whether to rent them out to another school or even merge with another institution. They were also considering whether to drop majors in philosophy, anthropology, sociology, physics and chemistry.“When I got into the mix, I said to them, ‘If you want a new president, don’t do any of those things; and if you do them, you’re not going to get a new president,’” Scott recalled telling the trustees. They agreed with him and postponed taking these draconian measures. Their prudence was well rewarded.“Within three years we not only filled the dormitories, which had been half empty,” said Scott, “we made plans to build a new residence hall. Since then, we’ve built yet another one and renovated the others.”Thursday’s commencement was Scott’s last as president. According to the university, he’s shaken more than 15,000 graduates’ hands. At a ceremony two years ago he awarded an honorary degree to Roosevelt rapper Chuck D, whose professors more likely remembered him as Carlton D. Ridenhour, class of 1984. After Scott vacates his office in July, Christine M. Riordan, currently the provost of the University of Kentucky, will become the first woman to lead Adelphi in its 118-year history.Founded in 1863 as a private prep school in Brooklyn, Adelphi Academy didn’t start on the path to what it is today until 1893 when Charles H. Levermore became its leader. He established Adelphi College, a coeducational institution, three years later, thanks to a charter granted by the Board of Regents of the State of New York. Eventually the college split off from the prep school and moved to Garden City, a new planned community, where it broke ground on its future campus in 1928.Early on, Adelphi established itself as an innovator in public health and the arts, establishing one of the first public nursing programs in the country under Mildred Montag as well as one of the first dance departments at an American university, becoming home to modern dance pioneer Ruth St. Denis and later choreographer and performer Paul Taylor.The university’s graduates run the gamut, from Gary Dell’Abate, ’83, producer for The Howard Stern Show to Alice Hoffman, ’73, New York Times best-selling author, and Jonathan Larson, ’82, author of Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical, RENT.The roster also includes:Kevin Mawae, M.A. ’06, the former president of National Football League Players Association and a former New York Jet;Robert Darling, ’81, former White House physician to President Bill Clinton;Tom Donohue, M.B.A. ’65, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce;Carmen Ortiz, ’78, U.S. Attorney in Massachusetts;Charles Fuschillo, ’83, former NY State Senator;Gregory Meeks, ’75, the current U.S. Representative for New York’s 5th congressional district, which includes Queens and a sliver of Nassau.During Scott’s tenure, undergraduate enrollment has grown nearly 65 percent with students from 45 countries and total enrollment has increased by 48 percent; 300 new faculty have been hired and dozens of new programs and services have been added, including internships in non-profit groups through the Community Fellow Program, which he initiated, and growing partnerships with the North Shore-LIJ Health System, Catholic Charities Diocese of Rockville Centre; and the Northport VA Medical Center. On his watch, he expanded the university’s honors college and launched the Levermore Global Scholars program, as well as getting Adelphi recognized as a non-governmental organization (NGO) by the UN’s department of public information. Its physics department has received funding from the National Science Foundation, NASA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, to name a few. In a decade the endowment has tripled to more than $175 million and total assets have grown to $500 million.In 2002, he oversaw the first new construction on the Garden City campus in more than 30 years. Since then, more than $250 million of construction and renovation has been completed, totaling more than 500,000 square feet. Right outside his office window, Scott could watch the new 100,000-square-foot Nexus Building and Welcome Center rise from the ground. Slated to open this fall, it will become the state-of-the-art home for the renamed College of Nursing and Public Health, as well as the Center for Health Innovation, including new labs and training facilities. It replaces the old school of nursing building which was dedicated in 1944 by Eleanor Roosevelt.When he took office, he said he had a mantra.“Enrollment is everybody’s job if everybody is to have a job,” he explained. “That meant everybody, whether it’s the front desk or the front of the classroom or the front of the line at commencement. Everybody had to think about enrollment.”Today total enrollment is more than 8,000 students. This year, Adelphi had record numbers of applicants.“Most come from the four counties of Long Island,” he joked, including Brooklyn and Queens as well as Nassau and Suffolk counties.Scott said that 87 percent of those accepted get some student aid; 10 percent of the undergrads are from families with annual incomes less than $12,000; 25 percent are from families who earn $30,000 or less and 40 percent are from families who earn $60,000 or less.”“Our tuition is 25 percent less than Hofstra and St. John’s,” said Scott. “This is a great progressive place.”Today he says proudly that he leaves Adelphi University in “very strong shape.”His legacy will certainly be remembered more fondly than one of his more notorious predecessors, Peter Diamandopoulos, who was fired in 1997 after serving 12 years. His turbulent tenure was tainted with conflict of interest allegations and concerns about his perks, which included an $80,000 Mercedes-Benz and a $1.5-million Manhattan apartment in addition to his on-campus house, as reported in Newsday. At his peak, Diamandopoulos was the second highest paid college president in America, earning more than half a million dollars annually.Ahead of him on the salary list was then-Boston University president John Silber, who was also on the Adelphi board of trustees and a staunch defender of his compensation package. As an example of his lavish life style, at one point Diamandopoulos and Silber spent $455 on wine and cognac at a Manhattan venue and charged it to Adelphi. Perhaps they were discussing the finer points of Immanuel Kant, since Silber was a noted scholar of the modern German philosopher, but regardless, the faculty, staff and alumni had had enough. They filed a complaint with the New York attorney general, who turned the matter over to the State Board of Regents. They dumped Diamandopoulos and removed the trustees so the university could start anew. But stability was still not in the cards.After a nationwide search, Matthew Goldstein, then president of CUNY’s Baruch College in Manhattan, replaced Adelphi’s ousted leader, but didn’t stay long. In 10 months, he was gone, becoming CUNY chancellor. Several other men came and went before Scott threw his hat in the ring.“I said I’d never go to another institution,” said Scott with a smile as he relaxed in a sofa chair in his presidential office, pausing from packing up his belongings before the commencement ceremonies. Once he learned about Adelphi through the brother of a very good friend of his and his wife’s who was a history professor at the university, he became fascinated with its history and decided to apply for the job.Propped up against the bookshelves behind him were an impressive array of framed photographs in bubble wrap, all taken by Scott and earmarked for storage until October when he’ll have a solo show at the Huntington Arts Council. There was still a colorful display of his work on the walls. An accomplished photographer, Scott is represented by galleries in Manhattan and Garden City. On campus, he’s also appeared in three theatrical productions, including Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” in which he played the undertaker Joe Stoddard. He loved the experience.Art and science are integral to Scott’s view of a liberal arts education. “I think of it as liberating students from their provincial origins, no matter where they are,” he told the Press. In recognition of the president’s artistic priorities, music professor Paul Moravec, who’s also a Pulitizer Prize-winning composer, created an exclusive composition for Scott called, “Grace Comes by Art,” and presented it at his recent birthday celebration last month at the Performing Arts Center on campus. In turn, Scott had the score framed and gave Moravec one to hang on his walls.Starting this summer he’ll be working on a couple of projects as a scholar in the Allen Room at the New York Public Library, a reasonably short walk from the new apartment he and his wife have moved into in Manhattan.“I know where I’m going and I know what I’m doing when I’m there,” he said with a smile. He’ll be working on a book about leadership, a subject he exemplifies. In the fall, he’ll be a senior visiting research fellow at Oxford University, giving lectures on American higher education based on a prize-winning essay he wrote called, “The Modern American University, a Love Story: What I Admire, What Causes Me Anguish, and What I Anticipate.” Then in March he’ll give a lecture basically covering the same ground in Japan, championing the value of liberal arts in a democracy.“What distresses me most about the anti-intellectualism in our country is that it is usually promoted by politicians and pundits who themselves are college graduates,” Scott explained, adding “that is part of what causes me anguish…”As for the future of liberal arts, he’s an optimist. “Study that for which you have a passion,” he said. “Learn about its history, think about what came before and ask questions.”It’s a lesson to live by, whether in class or not.last_img read more

PREMIUMHealthy but wary, Indonesians in China seek reprieve from virus after holidays

first_imgThe start of this week saw a resumption of activities in China after authorities extended the Lunar New Year holidays over concerns about the coronavirus outbreak, including for thousands of Indonesian citizens who had chosen to stay put on the mainland.Private sector players began reopening their doors on Monday, a week after civil servants resumed their duties, according to the Indonesian Embassy in Beijing. People started to pack the streets of Beijing on the first day that shops and restaurants went back to business.Despite this facade of normality, however, Indonesian Ambassador Djauhari Oratmangun still urged all Indonesian citizens who had stayed in China to remain vigilant and take all necessary precautions to ensure they are unaffected by what the World Health Organization has labelled a global public health emergency.“We consistently call on Indonesians in Chi… China Indonesia health virus air-travel lockdown Wuhan-coronavirus Google LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Log in with your social account Linkedin Facebook Topics : Forgot Password ?last_img read more

Football weighs up ‘untapped potential’ of VAR advertising

first_img Share Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 Submit The Financial Times has reported that a number of football governing bodies are exploring the potential of advertising/sponsoring ‘video assistant referee (VAR)’ match breaks.World football governing body, FIFA, is reported to have been approached by advertising companies seeking to sponsor ‘VAR breaks’, during last summer’s Russia 2018 World Cup tournament.The opportunity to advertise to football audiences during live and unscripted intermission will be valued as lucrative inventory by football stakeholders.In its report, the FT details that FIFA views advertising on VAR breaks as an ‘untapped opportunity’, which could generate football leagues millions in extra revenues, adding additional advertising opportunities during live match broadcasts.The sponsoring of ‘match breaks’ during refereeing decisions, has become a common practice in sports such as cricket, rugby and American football, where video refereeing has been in place for a number of years.Nevertheless, VAR remains a controversial subject matter for football leagues who will be forced to implement the technology, as fans, players and management have detailed frustrations with regards to VAR decisions, its implementation during football matches, and time taken to review events.VAR will be introduced to English football from the beginning of 2019/2020 season, with the English Premier League (EPL) enforcing the technology across its match days.At present, EPL governance maintains that it is too early to commercialise VAR breaks, as its potential remains unknown. StumbleUpon SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Share Related Articleslast_img read more

GHPL: Konadu wants better from Kotoko in Week 2

first_imgAsante Kotoko head coach, Maxwell Konadu, has admitted that performances from his team will have to improve  in the second week of the Ghana Premier League if the team’s targets will be achieved.The Reds started the new season on a victorious note after beating Techiman Eleven Wonders 1-0 in Kumasi on Sunday thanks to a Justice Blay goal in the 3rd minute.While a winning start will delight the fans, Konadu was not too happy with what he saw from the players and has promised to get a lot more from the team in subsequent rounds of the league season.“To an extent, we got a slim win and I think we worked well in training for that and took our chance when it came but then, our second half performance was not good. However, it is the start of the season and we will work on that and get better next time.On the issue of fitness, I do not think we are even operating at 80 percent of our capacity. I am sure everyone noticed how fatigued our midfield looked after doing a lot of work in the first half but we will improve. There are a lot of matches left in the season.”Kotoko travel to Accra to face Legon Cities FC on January 3 in their second game of the new league season.last_img read more

NFL Draft 2019: Browns draft pick Greedy Williams immediately predicts Super Bowl appearance

first_img NFL Draft 2019: Broncos trade up to get quarterback Drew Lock after fall into second round Just moments after the Browns traded up to get Williams with the 46th pick in the draft out of LSU, the cornerback made a bold prediction.”I know one thing: that the Browns are going to the Super Bowl this year,” Williams said in his introductory press conference. Related News Greedy Williams: “I know one thing: that the Browns are going to the Super Bowl this year.”#Browns— Tom Withers (@twithersAP) April 27, 2019As bold, and somewhat crazy, as this take might be, this might be the one year saying this as a member of the Browns isn’t entirely insane.Several pundits are already picking the Browns to win the AFC North and certain ones are certainly picking them to get to the playoffs, so Cleveland has some good mojo going into this season.And when you pair Williams with 2018 first-round pick Denzel Ward, the Browns have two very good cover corners to help out their defense.And as general manger John Dorsey said, he got Williams to patrol the outside, he doesn’t worry about some tackling questions, which resulted in the corner’s drop into the second round.”I came into work today with the intent of drafting the best player available,” Dorsey said. Greedy Williams may be getting a bit too greedy, if you know what we’re saying.OK, that was an obvious decision to get a pun into a lede, but seriously, Williams isn’t beating around the bush about what he thinks the Browns can do this year.center_img NFL Draft 2019: Analyst says ‘it might take years’ for Giants to recover from first round He continued: “Corners are paid to cover. And then the tackling aspect — just get the guy down.”Williams may have been bold in his prediction, but things are going right for Cleveland right now with Baker Mayfield, Odell Beckham Jr. and Myles Garrett.This may not be as crazy as it sounds.last_img read more

Mourinho warns Man United must spend to reach Juventus and Man City level

first_img 3 Dybala pounced on a loose ball in the box to score the only goal against United Cristiano Ronaldo enjoyed a winning return to Old Trafford with Juventus “So good experience for some of the boys – Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial … Romelu Lukaku – I think it is the second season he plays Champions League too. So we work, we try to improve our players but quality is quality.“Juventus were at a different level of quality, stability, experience and knowhow. And, again, I repeat: quality in football is everywhere. When I say quality I don’t say just a creative player or just a beautiful player … Chiellini and Bonucci were beautiful, absolutely beautiful. But my boys, I’m so happy with what they did.”Paulo Dybala’s 18th-minute goal was enough to earn Juventus the victory and it was deserved one too, as they enjoyed the majority of possession at Old Trafford.Amd Mourinho rates Max Allegri’s side as one of the leading contenders for Champions League glory this season. 3 Jose Mourinho claims Juventus are on a ‘different level’ to Manchester United and has warned his club’s owners they must invest more to truly challenge Europe’s elite once more.United were beaten 1-0 by the Italian champions at Old Trafford on Tuesday night to leave them five points adrift of their victors in Champions League Group H.center_img Leonardo Bonucci drew praise from Jose Mourinho for his performance Mourinho has spent close to £400million since becoming United boss in 2016 but he insisted after the match that he doesn’t have the quality required to rival the likes of Juve, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester City.Asked how far away United are from the Serie A champions, Mourinho said: “A bit far. Juventus are champions (of Italy) for seven years in a row, two Champions League finals in the last four or five years and (they are) not happy with what they have, they want more.“They had (Gonazlo) Higuain, (Mario) Mandzukic, Dybala, they want more. They want Ronaldo. They had (Andrea) Barzagli, Chiellini, (Daniele) Rugani, they are not happy, they want more, they want Bonucci, and they go for the best players in the world.“How can you reach this level? It’s not easy. We work with what we have. We try to improve.Manchester United 0-1 Juventus match report: Cristiano Ronaldo makes winning Old Trafford return thanks to Paolo Dybala strike“To go to the Juventus level? Barcelona level? Real Madrid level? Manchester City level? How can you reach this level? Yes [by buying the best players]. It is not easy because many of the players they belong to these top teams, so we work with what we have and we try to improve with what we have.“For example today – I saw the amazing Chiellini and amazing Bonucci but I have to say Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelöf had a very positive game [also at centre-back]. It is the first time Victor plays a game of this dimension and Victor had a positive game; Luke Shaw also in the Champions League at this level of match. 3 He added: “We play against one of the biggest, really biggest candidates, to win the Champions League and we did the possible.“We could get the different result, especially because of the way we played in the second half. We didn’t especially because Mr (Leonardo) Bonucci, Mr (Giorgio) Chiellini, they could go to Harvard University to give classes about how to be a central defender. Absolutely fantastic.“It is a team that has everything, they have talent everywhere. Of course Cristiano (Ronaldo), Dybala, the talent they have in attack, but the quality all over the pitch and a really difficult match.“I’m happy with the players. Since the draw we knew it would be a fight with Valencia for the second position and that is what we are going to try.”last_img read more