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Letter from the President

Letter from the President

Dear Friends,

In November, an extraordinary evening at the legendary Apollo Theater in New York City put the exclamation point on Teachers College’s yearlong125th anniversary celebration. More than 600 TC friends, alumni, students, faculty and five illustrious honorees gathered for a benefit gala to pay tribute to our historic legacy and to launch an even more exciting future.

Indeed, our anniversary year has been a time to reflect on TC’s remarkable legacy of firsts–our history of creating and shaping new fields to meet the challenges of the times and anticipate the direction of education, health and psychology.

From the exhibit on TC’s history at the New-York Historical Society, to Global TC Day gatherings in a dozen countries and more than 20 U.S. cities, to the dedication of 120th Street as Teachers College Way, we marked our anniversary with special celebrations that highlighted the rich spectrum of our TC family.

Now, as we prepare to launch the next 125 years at TC, we will build on the depth and breadth of our knowledge and expertise and our unparalleled each to rise to the challenges of tomorrow.

The TC future begins with our historic $300 million campaign–the largest campaign ever for a school of education. Where the Future Comes First: The Campaign for Teachers College will ensure that TC remains the place where visionaries and brilliant thinkers come to shape new fields of inquiry and practice–and translate their ideas into real-world influence and impact.

Among graduate schools of education, only TC has the capacity to work on multiple fronts to transform the education, health and well-being of individuals and communities, enabling them to flourish and create a better future for New York City, the nation and the world. The launch last February of the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy at Teachers College is a prime example of how TC excels at connecting research, practice and policy to make a positive difference.

With this campaign we will expand our capacity to support our promising and talented students, enable our world-class faculty to galvanize leading-edge fields and develop programs and partnerships that change schools and communities. Our campus will be renewed for the21st century with classrooms and student spaces infused with the latest technology that supports teaching and learning as well as research. We also will enhance our financial flexibility and engage and connect our 90,000 alumni and friends with TC and one another.

I invite you to read more in this report, beginning on page 12, about our unprecedented campaign for TC and the visionary donors who are supporting our future.

As our anniversary year comes to a close and we chart our course for TC’s future, we draw inspiration from our founder Grace Dodge, who was described by a New York City newspaper as having “the hundred-year look. That is, she looked ahead a century and made her plans accordingly.

”With this campaign we are taking Grace Dodge’s long view to recommit ourselves to build a stronger TC–a College we can celebrate as the finest graduate school of education today and for the next125 years. I hope you will join us on this journey.

Susan Fuhrman (Ph.D. ’77)

Published Monday, Jan. 13, 2014