Happy Holidays everyone!
As we celebrate this joyous season, I want to reflect upon the generous spirit of our students, faculty and staff, and thank you all for the many kindnesses you bestow on each other and our community.
This has been an extraordinary year at Norwich University. We made a difference in students’ lives, achieved breakthroughs in faculty research, and solidified vital connections in our communities. We welcomed newcomers and said good-bye to dear friends. We cut the ribbon to a renovated library and rededicated a residential hall. We took home athletic championships and climbed in influential academic rankings. We increased our sustainability and strengthened our connections at home and abroad.
It is a privilege to be at this remarkable institution and a great pleasure to work with all of you. I want to thank our faculty, staff and alumni for their devotion to students and tireless effort to prepare the world’s next generation of leaders.
I also want to thank our students for their curiosity and drive, their open minds and commitment to learning, leading and serving this great nation. Each individual has chosen a distinctive leadership path within this unique learning environment that has been the hallmark of our institution for nearly two centuries. Like generations before them, they are proud to uphold the values and traditions that make Norwich such a special place.
In our Year of Transformation and this season of giving, I want to thank those who so generously contribute their gifts of time, talent and treasure to provide transformative experiences in the lives of our students.
I also want to thank members of the Norwich family serving in the military, many of whom will spend the holidays in harm’s way while their loved ones keep the home fires burning in their absence. Their dedication to ‘service before self’ is a gift to us all.
Regardless of how or where you celebrate the holidays this year, remember that your Norwich family is never far away.
From all of us on the Hill, may your holidays sparkle with moments of love, laughter and goodwill, and may the year ahead be full of contentment and joy.
Richard W. Schneider
RADM, USCGR (Ret.)