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From the President's Office


Andrea J. Lee, IHM Starting a new year at the College of St. Catherine is always a heart-thumping adventure. That this is my 10th start is humbling and deeply satisfying. To work each day in such a beautiful place, and to pursue a noble mission with talented and generous people, is an amazing gift.

This year we will focus our work in three areas: extending the depth of our commitment to academic excellence; deepening faculty engagement in our mission; and an exciting new initiative, the College of St. Catherine School of Health -- the focus of this issue ofSCAN.

By unanimous vote in August, the Board of Trustees approved establishment of the College of St. Catherine School of Health after two years of intense work to implement the strategic plan that the Board adopted in October 2005. The decision to establish a School of Health is among the most critical decisions made during my presidency and perhaps the most important initiative I will lead. Not only does this decision call us to new tiers of excellence, but the School of Health expresses, in magnificent synchrony, the coalescence of our mission, signature curricular strengths and the mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph. It is the right response at the right time to a critical social need.

The School of Health is the right response at the right time to a critical social need.
Healthcare stands center stage among national priorities, and St. Catherine's is uniquely positioned to respond to its challenges and opportunities with strength and imagination. Today, our College offers 21 different fields of study in healthcare, enrolling more than 2,000 students and employing more than 200 faculty members. Seven more programs are in active development, and another dozen are in earlier stages of planning.

Our School of Health is grounded in our deep religious values about the dignity of human persons, the core principle of Catholic Social Teaching. Our programs center on learners; they are technology enriched, interdisciplinary, grounded in the liberal arts, and focused on preparing collaborative and complementary healthcare team members. We believe this approach will best prepare health professionals for enlightened modes of practice.

We seek partners in the Twin Cities and beyond who share our values and vision. Most exciting is the possibility of developing new partnerships between St. Catherine's and large Catholic healthcare systems in the United States whose missions resonate with ours.

The School of Health will take center stage, but this will be a robust year on other fronts as well, including fine speakers and performers in The O'Shaughnessy; determining whether it's time for St. Catherine's to become a university; dedicating our new residence halls; and marking the 70th anniversary of St. Catherine's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society.

It promises to be a good and busy year. I hope you'll come around often. Please let me know your thoughts, your hopes, your questions and your ideas. They always challenge us to do our best work. Thank you for your many signs of support and good energy. We count on them.

Andrea J. Lee, IHM
Mission Statement

The College of St. Catherine educates women to lead and influence. Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1905, the College integrates liberal arts and professional education within the Catholic traditions of intellectual inquiry and social teaching. Committed to excellence and opportunity, the College engages students from diverse backgrounds in a learning environment uniquely suited to women. Education at the College of St. Catherine prepares graduates to demonstrate ethical leadership grounded in social responsibility.

Vision Statement

To be the world's pre-eminent Catholic college educating women to lead and influence.