our president

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Lisa F. Tedeschi
Chief of Staff and Director of Strategic Planning
(603) 526-3451

president's messages

Focused on Our Strengths and Aspirations

Feb. 2011: After an intense period of community-wide strategic planning, Colby-Sawyer College is focused on our strengths and aspirations. As you know, I have articulated four strategic themes: Engaged Learning, Living Sustainably, Linking to the World and Dynamic Devotion to Excellence. These themes highlight our priorities and deepen our commitment to teaching and learning, as well as to building a stronger, more diverse and inclusive community; creating an environmentally sustainable campus; and connecting in positive and meaningful ways to the world. I'd like to share some recent thematic developments with you.

First, I have exciting news to share about our art center campaign. The college recently reached out to some distinguished architectural firms to gauge their interest in designing a signature building for Colby-Sawyer's new center for the arts. We were particularly impressed with The S/L/A/M/ Collaborative, a firm with headquarters in Glastonbury, Conn., and offices in Boston, Atlanta and Syracuse. read more…
 


A Time of Change at Colby-Sawyer College

Oct. 2010: On Sept. 3, we began the 2010-2011 academic year by welcoming 420 new students to Colby-Sawyer. This group, the second-largest entering class in our history, is an accomplished and enthusiastic class hailing from 11 countries and 14 states, from New England to California. read more…

Why Are Students at the Core of our College?

Feb. 2010: My theme since my arrival as president in 2006 is that Colby-Sawyer College makes every decision by asking how our students will benefit. While this statement is both true and professionally and personally meaningful for our college and for me, we need to ask ourselves why. Why do we make every decision with our practical and moral compass set toward benefitting our students? read more…

A New Academic Year

Oct. 2009: The 2009-2010 academic year at Colby-Sawyer College began this fall with a record-size student body of over 1,100, including a record-breaking entering class of 446 students, more students studying overseas than ever before, new academic majors and new faculty members. read more…

Dear Dad

Jan. 2009: I know it has been nearly ten years since you passed away, but I also know that is no excuse for not writing sooner. I miss being able to talk with you and think of you often, so I just wanted to fill you in on some of what's been going on. read more…

Weathering an Economic Storm

Nov. 2008: In recent months, many of my conversations—whether with college community members, alumni and friends, or our Board of Trustees—have focused on the turbulent economic conditions in our nation and world. read more…

More Students, More Programs, More Diversity

Sept. 2008: Last year in my message to you, I wrote about some of the attributes of a Colby-Sawyer education. We are committed to developing our students' critical thinking skills; improving their ability to communicate orally and in writing; and encouraging them to take on leadership opportunities. read more…

How Will Our Students Benefit?

Jan. 2008: It is January at Colby-Sawyer College, and winter is really here. We have snow covering the ground and more certain to come. It's a wonderful time to ski or snowshoe, or even just sit by the fire. read more…

A New Year of Growth and Change

Jan. 2007: As I write this, my second letter to the Colby-Sawyer community, a new year is beginning. It is that time in the cycle of nature when the earth prepares itself for the new growth that lies ahead, and it is finally cold in New Hampshire! read more…

A New Home

Sept. 2006: The first week at work mirrored the week at home. I knew people at Colby-Sawyer would be wonderful, but they were fantastic. I have begun the process of visiting each department on campus and getting to know everyone a little bit better. read more…