Welcome (and welcome back to many of you)! I am thrilled that NYU SPS students, faculty and staff members, and administrators will be back on campus for in-person teaching, learning, and working. I am also delighted that we will be able to serve those students enrolled in our online degree programs, and continuing education courses and certificates, as they complete their studies from every corner of the globe. For 87 years, NYU SPS has built its reputation as a respected institution of higher education—one that has served the community through world wars, economic instability, social unrest, digital disruption, and the globalization of business and industry. It is no wonder that the School has been able to rise to the occasion so admirably and efficiently to meet the challenges head-on that have been posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As we begin the fall semester and immerse ourselves back into the classroom, I want to thank each of you for your resolve and for your steadfast commitment to the future of work. I commend our faculty members for providing opportunities to learn, experiment, and grow to the next generation of leaders and innovators; for supporting the industries we serve; and for encouraging the important discussions that explore the connection of the workforce to society at large. I applaud our students for bringing their innate curiosity, thirst for knowledge, and diverse ideas to the classroom. And, I recognize the tireless efforts of our staff and administrators in ensuring things run smoothly, no matter what hurdles we may face.
SPS is at the cutting edge of what will fuel the future of work—equity and inclusion, the shift to automation, the adoption of new technologies and data-driven decision making, and the ways to optimize value while positively impacting communities and economies on a global scale. I look forward to the year ahead as we advance in a positive and progressive way, transforming the obstacles we have faced into opportunities.
Here’s to a great semester and an academic year that brings us together in new and innovative ways!
NYU School of Professional Studies