Since arriving on campus in July, so many aspects of Marietta College have im- pressed me. I cannot discuss all of them in the space I’m afforded in this edition of the Trailblazer; however, there are a few important observations I would like to share with you.

Above all, I am excited by the quality of our students. I’m still meeting and getting to know most of them, but each day I meet Marietta College students who amaze me with their intelligence, allegiance, and their remarkable and thoughtful dispositions. On top of being dedicated to their academic success, nearly every one of them is involved in an extracurricular activity — whether competing for one of our varsity teams, to being involved in Student Senate, to belonging to one of our proud Greek communities. Let’s not forget the thousands of volunteer hours they provide to our wonderful community.

I am also impressed with the Marietta faculty. In the short amount of time I have been around them, it is clear to me they epitomize what a great faculty at a contemporary liberal arts college should represent. Undoubtedly, Marietta’s faculty are knowledgeable and committed to being the best in their academic areas — which means our students learn from the best.

Needless to say, our staff and administration are equally steadfast in contributing to Marietta College’s success. They work tirelessly to guarantee that Marietta College is at its best and never forget why we are all here: to ensure our students receive the best education imaginable as they prepare for successful livelihoods.

Many of you who are reading this are not surprised. You experienced something simi- lar during your time on our beautiful campus. These are just a few of the reasons why Judy and I are honored to be at Marietta, and we envision a bright and lengthy future.

You are part of our dedicated and caring community. The time is right for Marietta College. Our future is bright because of you, the amazing people who are here now, and the incredible people who will be here in the future.

Thank you for welcoming Judy and me into your proud Pioneer family!