Cabrini’s president-elect said a major goal of hers is to have a vibrant campus on the weekends.
“It is a wonderful thing to have a vibrant campus, particularly on the weekends, when there are so many things going on you don’t know which one to go to first. That is what I want to see happen,” Dr. Marie Angelella George said.
George was selected as Cabrini College’s seventh president on March 10, 2008 and will take the place of Cabrini’s current president, Dr. Antoinette Iadarola, July1.
George hopes to be able to have a more engaged campus. She said that retention is a major concern and it needs to be addressed.
“We lose too many students for this type of institution. It’s a four year college and we expect students to come and graduate,” George said.
With Cabrini’s five-year strategic plan in place, George will already have a stepping stone available for her to build on. She said since there is a new strategic plan it is the perfect time to modify and prioritize the campus’s master plan, which was last updated in 2002.
With regards to the rise in tuition George says it always important to do it judicially and in consideration of the impact on students and their families. It is something that will be addressed every year. “The cost of tuition is always a concern for anyone in high education,” George explained.
“College is an investment that is not easily measured in dollars and cents because we are about transforming you as an individual and preparing you for life,” George said.
With the new core curriculum, George hopes students will learn to see beyond themselves and view life outside of Radnor. She is most excited about all the new core curriculum has to offer to the students.
Even before coming to campus, George was fascinated by all that it offered. She calls it a unique educational experience for every Cabrini student. She finds it such an honor to become the president just as the new curriculum is being launched.
“It is such a critical component to the educational experience that I hope it will have a ripple effect on things like retention,” George said.
George wants to be accessible to students and would love the chance to have regular communication with all the different groups, on campus to hear the students’ voice and opinion on many of these issues, she said.