Dr. Hugh Dubrulle, President, Faculty Senate

Good afternoon:

Upon recovering from the shock of having been asked to speak on this occasion, I was struck by panic: what meaningful thing could I say in two minutes?

My first thought consisted of quoting Emil Faber, the founder of the fictitious Faber College in Animal House: "Knowledge is good."

Although we know knowledge is good, we must strive as hard as ever to convince the world that the knowledge we possess-grounded as it is in a Catholic, Benedictine, liberal arts tradition, is indeed good. Dr. DiSalvo arrives at a critical time in our college's history.

Higher education in general, and liberal arts colleges in particular, face a number of grave challenges-challenges that very well might verge on the existential.

The issues discussed at the academic symposium on Wednesday are only portion of the many difficulties confronting the liberal arts today.

For the last several years, the College has witnessed a number of extremely important changes as it attempts to reposition itself and meet these challenges in the present and the future. Among other things, we have remodeled College governance, sketched the outlines of a new curriculum, and experienced turnover among most of the important positions in the administration. The work associated with these developments has been arduous, and to be honest, we have not fully grasped their implications.

In the coming years, there will be a great reckoning, a great working-out of solutions, and, with any luck, a great consolidation of the college's position. We think, we believe, and we hope that we have found a president who possesses the judgment, the decisiveness, and the grace to lead us in these tasks.

On behalf of the over 200 faculty members who teach here, then, I would like to welcome Dr. DiSalvo and his family to Saint Anselm College. We look forward to forming a partnership with him as we work together during these exciting times.

Thank you.