"People don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care."  - John C. Maxwell

Dear Colleagues:

As we close the door on Spring 2017, and look onward and upward toward the future,  I am feeling  so grateful .  This will be the last end of the year letter that I shall send as President.

It has been a tremendous seventeen plus years for me.  I have seen the college grow and evolve into a larger, greater, and more visible institution of higher learning.  Together, we have changed our little corner of the world.  You all should  be so proud of the work that we have done collectively  as a team.  We embraced a vision, we mustered up support, and we executed a plan that has left an indelible mark on New Haven  and on the State of Connecticut for generations to come.

I celebrate with you  fifteen years of our nursing program on Tuesday May  16th, 25 years as a merged college on May 25th,  and the BOR approval of our NEASC Reaccreditation report last Thursday morning.  We have come a long way, but there is so much more work to be done. I am confident that you have the fortitude, tenacity, and commitment to survive regardless of whatever the circumstances are that you may experience in the future.  Community Colleges are essential for the well-being of society, and education will always be an intricate part of the fabric of our society.

Dr Anil Sinha wrote: “ Adversity is great lesson which makes us fighters.  If we don’t let down and make a pledge to move forward, nothing can stop us... .If you withstand adversity it culminates in developing greater qualities of persistence, patience, positivity, creativity and inculcates virtue of confidence.” You all have already shown all of these attributes over the many years of hard work and dedicated service to this college! Thank you.

So I shall not say goodbye, I shall simply say” see you later”.  It has been my honor, privilege and great blessing to work with all of you.  So just in case our paths do not cross before July 1, I wish you joy in the morning, peace during the day and happiness each year as we all continue to fulfill our dreams and realize our full human potential.

With love and gratitude,
Dr. Dorsey L. Kendrick