About Nazareth

Messages from the President to the Nazareth Community

April 11, 2019

Dear Nazareth Community,

Earlier this week, I informed the Board of Trustees that I would be stepping down at the end of the next academic year, in June 2020. This was an extraordinarily difficult decision for me as I have tremendous love for this school. I firmly believe that Nazareth has precisely the values and mission that are needed in higher education. And, we have had a remarkable level of achievements over the past years. I am very proud of what we have achieved – and want to stress that the emphasis here is on "we." I learned long ago that no single person or small group can change an institution but rather it takes an entire community of faculty, staff, students, trustees, alumni, and donors. It is clear that our achievements have been the result of the exceptional work of all these members of our Nazareth family.

During the past years, I have been fortunate — indeed, privileged — to work with faculty, staff and trustees who are genuinely devoted to providing the highest quality experience for our students. I also have been fortunate to work on a daily basis with individuals who are amazingly dedicated to the College, who are extraordinarily skilled and professional, and who are good people: Cathy and Pat in my office and the Vice Presidents — Kelly, Patrick, Andrea, Diane, and now Meaghan. I cannot imagine a better group, and it is difficult to imagine not working with them in the future.

Nevertheless, I believe that it is time for a change in leadership and that such change is beneficial for an institution. It creates opportunities for fresh ideas, for new energy, and for heightened levels of excitement. So too, I believe that change is good for individuals, making room for renewal, new experiences, and personal growth.

Because of the hard work and commitment of members of our Nazareth community, the College is in excellent condition and our outlook is strong. As a result, this is a good time for a transition. and during this transition, I will continue to devote my full energies to the College in order to ensure a smooth transition. We do not have the luxury of standing still and must continue to move forward even as the process unfolds.

Please know that I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to be part of a community that will continue to flourish in the future and will make a difference in the lives of our students and the world around us.

Respectfully,

Daan Braveman
President, Nazareth College

August 2018