Welcome from the President

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    Welcome to Gannon University, a community of motivated students, dynamic faculty, exceptional staff and successful alumni.

    This is an extraordinary time to be at this University. Seventy years after we first began offering baccalaureate degrees, more students are enrolled at Gannon that at any point in the last 24 years. They come to a campus that has grown, both in its physical footprint and in the depth and richness of its academic and student-life programming.

    In the last 12 months, we invested more than $25 million in a newly renovated Recreation and Wellness Center, a Center for Business Ingenuity that will house the Dahlkemper School of Business as well as Gannon's Erie Technology Incubator and Small Business Development Center, a new School of Communication and the Arts and a Forensic Investigation Center.

    As impressive as these buildings are, it is the promise they hold for transformative experiences academically, in collaboration with and service to the communitythat commands attention.

    And we have received this attention, both from U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges, which placed Gannon ninth on the list of "Best Value Schools" in the North Region, and by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching with its 2015 Community Engagement Classification, an honor that recognizes Gannon's deep historical commitment to service and care for humanity and the community.

    This commitment to transformative experiences is at the heart of the Gannon University promise. Broadly stated, that promise is to be known as a leader in offering innovative academic programs that are connected to community needs and focused on creating public impact; to promote student learning such that graduates embrace their roles and responsibilities as world citizens and to foster a culture of creativity and continuous improvement to ensure excellence, efficiency and financial sustainability.

    In everything we do, Gannon University honors its tradition as a Catholic university, measuring its success by how and whom it educates and serves.

    We recognize that, now more than ever, quality U.S. higher education must be affordable and accessible, and must benefit the public good. Gannon is committed to transforming the economic, social and cultural vitality and well-being of our community. In doing so, we will embrace innovation and change with optimism. To be competitive in a rapidly evolving, global higher education environment, new approaches will be pervasive in our organizational culture and new methods and technologies will be integrated into our teaching, program design and delivery. Wherever Gannon students engage in learning, we will intentionally link student learning with the communities we serve, and expand our context for education to a worldview.

    This is the tradition nourished and sustained by the more than 35,000 successful alumni residing in every state of the nation and in 57 countries worldwide.

    I invite you to explore the many possibilities offered by Gannon University as you visit this website. Moreover, I extend my invitation to you to visit our campus and see for yourself why, at Gannon University, we Believe in the possibilities.


    Best wishes,

    Keith Taylor, Ph.D.
    President, Gannon University