Institutions of higher education have many opportunities to make a difference in the lives of students, faculty, staff, and alumni, and in the lives of those around us.
As Ernest Boyer, one of the great educators of the past decades, wrote: "What is needed for higher education is not just programs, but a larger purpose, a larger sense of mission, a larger clarity of direction in the nation's life."
At Nazareth, we have that larger sense of purpose and mission. Indeed, I am most proud that we have the blend of excellent learning, inclusion, engagement, and compassion that enables us to make a real difference.
I firmly believe that a college education has a ripple effect across generations. Our job is to create opportunity where none existed before — opportunity to learn, opportunity to grow, and opportunity to serve. At Nazareth, we give a great deal to our students during their time with us, but perhaps the greatest gift of all is the opportunity to give back, to make a significant difference in the world their children will inherit.
Daan Braveman, ninth president of Nazareth College