Message from the President
Monday, October 3, 2016
I had a wonderful Panther Pride moment last month as I watched the televised Emmy Awards ceremony and saw our alumnus and trustee Peter Principato ’87 graciously accept a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series as executive producer of Key & Peele.
Watching Peter reminded me of his incredible story. It’s a story that encapsulates who we are as a university and a community.
Peter grew up near our Garden City campus and came to Adelphi with plans to be adoctor but realized that his passion was entertainment. He not only switched majors, but also experienced what it was like to manage talent when he joined the Student Activities Board. After a few years in the workforce, he came back to Adelphi to research jobs in the field he knew he wanted to enter–talent management.
Today, he’s the founding partner of Principato Young Entertainment–one of the top talent management agencies. He is also a trusted adviser as a member of our board of trustees.
When I think about what distinguishes Adelphi, I think about Peter and so many other Panther alumni who are living their dreams because of Adelphi. Our environment is designed for self-discovery. We offer students personalized and relevant experiences and, through curricular and cocurricular programming, create a culture of engagement.
Beyond alumni success, we can point to rising rankings to show that our approach works. We continue to make progress on the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges list. In the 2017 rankings, released last month, Adelphi moved up seven places, from 153 to 146. Our progress was powered in part by our strong graduation and retention rates–critical benchmarks for measuring student success. We have some room to improve, but this is a wonderful start.
Increased alumni and donor support is another signal of momentum, and we are making strides here as well. For the 2015-2016 year, we improved our alumni annual giving rate yet again.
It is heartening to see that Adelphi is gaining recognition for making a meaningful difference in people’s lives. I believe that an Adelphi education is transformational, and it is because of our collective and unyielding commitment to student success.
All the best,
Christine M. Riordan, Ph.D.