What President Baenninger Has Accomplished So Far
A long list of accomplishments in just 14 months.
September 2015 – In just 14 months, MaryAnn Baenninger is proving to be among the most productive presidents in Drew history. Here are the school’s most significant accomplishments since she took office in July 2014.
Enrollment is up. A total of 430 new students enrolled at the College of Liberal Arts in August, up 23 percent from last August’s tally of 351. Another positive metric: the number of transfer students jumped 37 percent.
Giving is accelerating. Contributions to the annual fund totaled a record $1.33 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30, shattering the previous record of 1.25 million from the year before.
Buildings are being upgraded. Admissions building Wesley House is getting a face-lift, Tilghman House is undergoing a gut renovation to become the home for Into New York at Drew and improvements in the Commons eating hall are planned for next year.
The capital campaign is thriving. Midway through the One and All campaign, the school has raised $73 million of the $80 million goal it set for June 2016, including $12.6 million in new gifts and pledges last year.
The first-year experience is enhanced. The president tapped a grant to fund a day-long trip to New York City for first-year students that stimulates desire for real world learning through internships and semester programs, such as those on Wall Street and at the United Nations. In addition, seminar, common hour and writing programs foster critical thinking, socialization and expression.
New programs are being launched. The Caspersen School of Graduate Studies has two: a certificate in conflict resolution and a dual certification in Master of Arts in teaching.
Honor students are being recruited. This summer the president signed agreements with Raritan Valley Community College and County College of Morris to turn their honor students into juniors at Drew.
New top administrators are here. The president recruited accomplished leaders for admissions, communications and her office. Chief of Staff Marti Winer, C’97, steered communications and events at Wyndham Hotel Group, Senior Vice President for Enrollment and Institutional Planning Robert Massa worked at Johns Hopkins University and Dickinson College and Chief Communications Officer Kira Poplowski was director of communications at The Harvard Library.