Greetings alumni and friends,

image of Dean Crouter with students

In May we said goodbye to our graduating seniors and wished them all the best as they prepare for their futures. We in the College are preparing for the future as well. We recently concluded a yearlong strategic planning process. The plan, which will guide the College for the next five years, is guided by a single theme: “promoting human health, development, and quality of life in a complex, rapidly changing, diverse society.” The goal of the plan is to enable us to respond to societal changes such as increased stress, a crisis in health care, an aging population, and globalization, among others.

Our strategic plan expresses our commitment to training the next generation of leaders and scholars who are prepared to address critical needs pertaining to human health, development, and quality of life. It also reflects our research capabilities in these areas and our desire to foster interdisciplinary, collaborative research to address particular issues such as aging and women’s health.

While the issues we are tackling are particular to today’s society, our approach has remained unchanged since the establishment of the College of Human Development forty years ago. The feature article in this magazine talks about the College’s founding and shows how the original vision for the College is still expressed today through the research our faculty conduct.

We paid homage to the founding dean of the College of Human Development in September 2007 when the former Business Administration Building was named the Donald H. Ford Building. The building now houses our Departments of Communication Sciences and Disorders; Health Policy and Administration; and Recreation, Park and Tourism Management; as well as our Speech and Hearing Clinic. You can read more about the naming ceremony and the building on page 16.

The Ford Building was just the first of our recent efforts to obtain more space for our faculty and students. This summer, our Nutritional Sciences faculty will be moving into renovated space in Chandlee Laboratory (which is located along Pollock Road not far from Henderson Building). Finally, we are very excited about two extensive additions to Henderson Building in the coming years. The first addition will replace the “bridge” between the original Henderson Building and the newer south wing. It will provide a new home for biobehavioral health and several college research centers. Needless to say, I am enjoying my new bird’s eye view of the College and all the great things happening here.

As alumni and friends, you have been part of the past of the College, you are part of its present, and I hope that you’ll choose to be part of our future as well. I hope that you share my pride in all that we’re doing, and I invite you to stop by and say hello when you are on campus.

Best wishes,

Ann C. Crouter
Raymond E. and Erin Stuart Schultz Dean
College of Health and Human Development

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