Welcome to the 2022-23 Academic Year, 8/29/22

Welcome to the 2022-23 Academic Year, 8/29/22

Dear Drew students, faculty, and staff,

It is exciting to begin the fall 2022 semester and the start of the 2022-23 academic year.

To all of our returning students, faculty, and staff, welcome back.

To the newest members of the Drew community—students and faculty across the College of Liberal Arts, Drew Theological School, and Caspersen School of Graduate Studies, and the numerous additions to our tremendous staff—we are thrilled you have chosen Drew.

I look forward to speaking with as many of you as I can as we settle into the semester, whether we catch one another walking across campus, see each other at a campus event, or meet in my regular office hours.

We are looking forward to having another “normal” year at Drew, knowing that “normal” is subject to very concerning health-related variables like the continued presence of COVID-19, and the relatively new emergence of monkeypox. We encourage everyone to take these viruses seriously for the sake of the entire Drew and local communities. We have COVID-19 protocols in place in accordance with the latest CDC guidelines and the Health Service is following the spread of monkeypox closely. Our Status of Campus Operations Committee continues to meet and will communicate any updates to you throughout the semester as needed.

The Drew community has successfully navigated the pandemic through several semesters of selflessness and mutual respect and understanding, and I know we can continue to do so.

As we look toward the fall semester, we should take a moment to note important institutional news and celebrate the achievements for the Drew community.

In just a few short summer months, we’ve announced a new Dual-Degree partnership with the Boston University School of Public Health; hosted students in the Drew Summer Science Institute; completed Digital Humanities Summer Institute projects on topics ranging from indigo to the United Nations; checked in with young alums flourishing in grad school programs at universities including Brown and Yale; seen Caspersen students earn impressive summer internships, be recognized as some of the state’s top clinical interns, and learn from industry experts; officially welcomed some the newest members of the Theological School and welcomed back Korean Doctor of Ministry students for the first time in two years; uncovered a long-lost 3,000-year old artifact; and had professors have a meaningful full-circle experience, win a coveted literary award, take a leading role in reimagining ministry, and, last but not least, become a Jeopardy! champion.

Sadly, over the summer we also lost two stalwart members of the Drew community in Dr. Vivian A. Bull and the Rev. Dr. James Pain T’54’55, who spent a combined 99 years teaching and mentoring students, leading the University forward, and embodying the spirit of Drew University. Dr. Bull served as the University’s 12th president from 2012 to 2014, returning to Drew after having spent 32 years as an economics professor and eight as an associate dean of the CLA. Over an incredible 65 years at Drew, the Rev. Dr. Pain earned two degrees from the Theological School, and served as a professor, dean, and University chaplain. We mourn the loss of these two remarkable individuals, remember their myriad contributions, and strive to carry on their legacies.

Thank you for taking a moment to read this message. I hope you all have a terrific semester.


Tom Schwarz