In our ever-changing, globalizing world, we need leaders with the vision, talent, values, and creativity to unravel sophisticated and complex problems. The world needs people who can think, write, collaborate, and problem-solve. The world needs integrity. The world needs people who think deeply about what’s possible and are compelled to make a difference and serve others. The world needs more John Carroll graduates.
I look out today and see a University full of promise. I see students uncovering God’s calling through service, rigorous coursework, and making friendships that last a lifetime. I see faculty that work tirelessly to seek truth and share their wealth of knowledge, empowering students with the Jesuit virtues that are the foundation of this University. I see staff and administrators who take pride in serving our students.
All we do at John Carroll revolves around our central purpose – our students. Beyond preparing them for a career, our promise extends to educate the whole person – mind, body and spirit. Throughout our 127 years of Jesuit educational excellence in Cleveland, our goals have remained consistent: provide a high quality education, graduate students in four years, and develop leaders who intellectually and spiritually make a positive difference in the world.
If we say we inspire students to think beyond themselves – to be women and men for others – we must act on that because rhetoric alone does not change people or the world. We must make sure our Carroll tradition lasts for more than just the next generation. We must make sure it lasts forever. This is why we have embarked on a $100 million campaign. Highlights of our priorities are noted in this issue of the magazine.
It’s a wonderful time to be educating students in the Jesuit tradition. In the history of the church – about 2,000 years – we have the first Jesuit pope, creating an opportunity for the world to learn what being men and women for others is all about.
May God bless us in our mission to help the next generation of John Carroll students and our entire campus community engage the world and make a positive difference. May God bless you and your family this summer. May God help keep us Forever Carroll.
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Robert L. Niehoff, S.J.
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