Welcome to the LIU Magazine

A Message from the President

It has never been a more exciting time to be a member of the LIU community. As the pages of the spring 2015 issue of LIU Magazine demonstrate, the University is thriving and experiencing a transformative period of innovative growth and academic distinction. From the expansion of our renowned honors programs into Honors Colleges at LIU Brooklyn and LIU Post, to the growth
of our experiential learning opportunities through new partnerships with national business leaders and organizations like Apple and Barclays Center, our commitment to Access and Excellence has never been stronger.

Over the past few months, members of the faculty, staff, student body, and the Board of Trustees collaborated on the development of our strategic plan, LIU 2020: Education Beyond Boundaries. The plan builds upon our institutional foundation of a university with nearly 20,000 students and 200,000 alumni and sets the stage for how best to realize our aspirations for the future. Our faculty, staff, students, and alumni are at the heart of this roadmap. In the coming months I will be reporting on our progress with implementing this cornerstone effort.

As we navigate through rapid new developments in the area of higher education, we are also reverent of our history. Long Island University is celebrating many milestones this year. LIU's Post campus welcomed its first class of 121 full-time students 60 years ago. Plans are underway for a Homecoming celebration for Post alumni like no other, which will feature events and activities to mark the 60th anniversary of the Brookville campus and honor the legacy of nearly 125,000  Post alumni. The festivities will also include the 10th induction class into the Pioneers Athletic Hall of Fame, as well as the 50th anniversary of Post’s student-run radio station, WCWP-FM.

It is also the half-centennial anniversary of LIU Global, originally founded as Friends World College in 1964. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts is celebrating its 35th year. The prestigious George Polk Awards in Journalism at LIU Brooklyn marked the occasion of its 66th annual ceremony with a new award for documentary filmmaking, hosting a screening of the winner, Return to Homs, and discussion with its director at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Other notable milestones can be seen in the newly released Annual Report, which is available at LIUalumni.com. Financial data for fiscal year 2014 demonstrates that LIU’s financial performance continues to improve at a healthy pace; our net assets grew by nearly $50 million and for the first time ever, LIU’s endowment exceeded $100 million. In this year alone, we awarded more than $105 million in institutional scholarships to students across the University. Construction was completed on new research and teaching facilities at LIU Brooklyn’s Harriet Rothkopf Heilbrunn School of Nursing and LIU Pharmacy’s Lachman Institute for Pharmaceutical Analysis, the Samuel J. and Joan B. Williamson Institute for Pharmacometrics, and the Natoli Institute for Industrial Pharmacy Research and Development.

In addition, we have continued to focus our academic efforts on developing new programs that offer practical training for the modern employment market, including degrees in Digital Game Design and Development, Sport Management, Entrepreneurship, Business and Health Care Information Management and Technology, and concentrations in Financial Engineering, Equine Studies, Fashion Merchandising, and Branding and Licensing.

Your continued support and gifts of time and talent have helped plot the course for a future that is enriched by the pride of our history and a vision for a modern institution of higher learning that will prepare future leaders for success in the 21st-century global marketplace. We have much to be proud of, and I invite you to join me in celebrating our shared legacy.

Dr. Kimberly R. Cline