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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Remarks at CLASS Alive! luncheon

Category: University Events
October, 2017

CLASS Alive! luncheon

Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Welcome, everyone, and thank you for joining us at this CLASS Alive! luncheon. It is designed to give you a flavor of our Clustered Learning, Advocacy, and Support for Students—CLASS—the comprehensive approach to living and learning at Rensselaer, which we believe represents the very best student experience in the nation.

Today, we have students with us in the midst of that experience who will tell you first-hand how CLASS supports, and provides opportunities for, them.

First, however, I have the great pleasure of introducing our Interim Vice President of Student Life, Mr. LeNorman Strong, who will offer you an overview of the components and philosophy of CLASS.

Mr. Strong joined us in May, after serving for six years as Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs for Residential and Student Service Programs at the University of California, Berkeley—where he ran a department with an annual combined operating budget exceeding $154 million and a workforce of approximately 2,000.

Before heading west, Mr. Strong served as Assistant Vice President for Student and Academic Services at Cornell University; and as Assistant Vice President for Student and Academic Support Services, and as a member of the faculty of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at George Washington University.

Mr. Strong holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington; a master's degree in Education and Human Development from George Washington University; and has completed the coursework for an anticipated doctorate in Higher Education Administration at George Washington University.

He is active in a number of professional organizations, and has served as President of the Association of College Unions International, a nonprofit educational organization for college union and student activities professionals from hundreds of schools in seven countries.

Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. LeNorman Strong…