Wagner College has a new president. I’m thrilled that it is me. From the very first visit to the campus as a candidate to the present moment, I have been inspired by the special charm and character of this great American college.
As the new president, I’m eager to see every corner of the campus; to meet every employee, student, and alum; to learn all I can as fast as I can. I know it’s going to be a marathon, but I’m sprinting ahead. I am thrilled to be here — finally! — and very humbled by the trust invested in me as the 19th president of Wagner College.
My wife, Jan, and I are settling into the wonderful Nicolais House on Howard Avenue in Staten Island, where every morning brings a glorious sunrise over Brooklyn and the New York Harbor, and every evening a magical transformation as the city lights come into their own. We cannot adequately express our appreciation for the way we have been received by all.
I know that I have a lot to learn about the College. One does not arrive fully formed as president, but can only truly become the president through listening, learning, and practice. To accelerate my learning curve, I intend to immerse myself as fully as possible in the life of the College.
As a historian, I understand the importance of appreciating the past, especially if we hope to shape a better future. I encourage you, the readers of Wagner Magazine — our alumni, our retirees, our longtime supporters — to send me your favorite memories. What unforgettable moments, whether on or off campus, in the city or abroad, do you love to reminisce about? What has the Wagner experience meant in your life? Every story matters. Please share yours with me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by filling out our online form.
I hope we will have the chance to meet in person as well. I encourage you to attend Homecoming on October 5. It will be a day of fun and festivities, and you can kick it all off by joining me for brunch at 11:30 a.m. Sign up at wagner.edu/homecoming.
Having been so warmly welcomed as your new president, it is now my privilege to welcome you to Wagner College, through this fine publication. It reminds us of Wagner’s storied past, documents its present prowess, and heralds what we all hope will be an even brighter future.
All the best, go Seahawks!
Joel Martin, President