Presidential Inauguration

Joy and Purpose: The Inauguration of Joel W. Martin, 19th President of Wagner College

A Note from President Joel W. Martin

I selected the theme of “Joy and Purpose” for Inauguration Week for reasons that are both personal and communal. For me, pursuing joy and purpose have always defined how I have approached my work and career. These same ideas and motivations will help define my presidency at Wagner College.

The theme of “Joy and Purpose” encapsulates Wagner’s mission: to enable people not only to have productive careers, but also to have good lives of substance and service. During Inauguration Week, we want to celebrate this mission, anchored deep in the heritage of Wagner College. At the same time, we want to pivot toward the future so that the College can make far stronger and more vital contributions for generations to come. The world needs Wagner to thrive as never before. That is both a cause for celebration and a call for dynamic change. 

Please join me and the entire Wagner community for an inauguration that will be full of fun and celebration, food and fellowship, as we reflect on Wagner’s rich history, showcase our dynamic students and faculty, and look forward to an exciting future. I hope we will all come together and experience the Joy and Purpose we have in common here at Wagner College!


Inauguration Week Events


Tuesday, March 31

“Readings from An American Sunrise” by Joy Harjo, Poet Laureate of the United States 

Wednesday, April 1

A Showcase of Wagner Student and Faculty Excellence

Thursday, April 2

“The Transformation of Healthcare” by Anthony C. Ferreri ’72, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Friday, April 3, 3 p.m., Sutter Gymnasium, Spiro Sports Center

The Inauguration of Joel W. Martin, 19th President of Wagner College

Further details and RSVP information to be announced soon.