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Posted on August 26, 2016

To: All Cal U students, faculty and staff
From: President Geraldine M. Jones

Portrait of President Geraldine M. Jones

Welcome to the 2016-2017 academic year! It is wonderful to see our campus bustling again as new and returning students arrive for the start of the fall semester.

I often refer to our “Cal U family,” and that warm, family feeling is very much in evidence. It’s Move-In Day, and more than 150 student volunteers are helping first-year students move their belongings into our residence halls. Staff and students are guiding parents to parking spots, giving directions and preparing a picnic-style lunch for families in the Convocation Center.

I remember the mix of anticipation and anxiety I felt as a college freshman, and the bittersweet days when I sent my own two daughters off to college. So I’m glad to see our campus community turn out in such numbers to welcome our new and returning students.

Our incoming freshman class represents 330 different high schools in 11 U.S. states, plus the Virgin Islands and Washington, D.C. I’m looking forward to meeting many of our new students at Cal U for Life Orientation, and in the days and weeks ahead.

Our University also is welcoming 13 new tenure-track faculty members this fall. In addition, an experienced administrator starts the semester with a new title.

I have appointed Dr. Bruce Barnhart to serve as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs — in other words, the University’s chief academic officer. Dr. Barnhart has been Cal U’s acting provost since 2012, and no one is more dedicated to the success of our University’s academic mission.

Before earning his doctorate at West Virginia University, Dr. Barnhart earned an associate degree as a physical therapist assistant right here at Cal U, followed by bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. He joined the California faculty in 1984 and served as director of the accredited athletic training education program from 1992-2008, when he was named an associate provost/associate vice president for Academic Affairs.

A proven leader, Provost Barnhart is committed to working with Cal U faculty to provide the best educational experience for our students. I know he will continue to do an outstanding job as our University’s leader for Academic Affairs.

I plan to spend some time visiting with students and families on Move-In Day. If you see me, please say hello! Classes begin Monday, Aug. 29, and I wish you all a safe and productive semester.

All the best,

Interim President Jones' signature.
Geraldine M. Jones
President, California University of Pennsylvania

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