As the calendar turned to 2017, many of us tried to keep our list of resolutions for the year to come. Maybe we wanted to learn a new skill or strengthen an important relationship. Whatever our specific goals, we must realize that our journey to reach them will not be without hurdles. Hard work is rarely glamorous.
So it is at UMass Boston. If you stop by our harborside campus for a visit this new year, you may find the surroundings are different than you remember. The roadways have been redesigned. Construction crews are preparing the site of our first residence hall and work is beginning on our first parking garage.
Our campus is in the midst of a transformation, and our students, faculty, staff, and neighbors are experiencing the changes together. Projects like these inevitably present challenges, but I think I speak for all of us when I say that being at UMass Boston has never been better.
The evidence is right in front of us: two gorgeous, new academic buildings that are the envy of our university peers throughout Greater Boston and across the country. An expanding research enterprise that provides faculty and students with the facilities and financial support needed to pursue major breakthroughs. Innovative performing arts spaces that bolster our student life experience and offer new opportunities for artistic collaboration. And the list goes on.
As we look ahead to the rest of the year, we are focused on the great things already happening at UMass Boston, and the important additions still to come.
Happy New Year,
Chancellor J. Keith Motley