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A Message from the President
Regis, a leading Catholic university in Greater Boston, continues to grow and thrive, and this year we are celebrating both our recognition as an Apple Distinguished School and the completion of Phase I of our Master Plan. Along with student-centered scope and technological access and innovation, the inner campus now boasts a beautiful transformation into a grassy quad, a new residence hall, a redesigned roadway, renovated library, and a gorgeous “Great Walk” on the bucolic front lawn from the a new parking area to the central campus. Phase II will focus on remodeling our Science Building as we strengthen our capacity for STEM education.
We also continue to “build” our academic stature and the campus infrastructure that students need to succeed. A solid liberal arts and sciences tradition is the historical heart of Regis, just as professional excellence is the hallmark of our graduate programs. A strong liberal arts and sciences curriculum in our complex world makes it essential that we stay committed to the education of the whole person and lead each student into a meaningful professional pathway. At the same time, Regis has built its reputation as a center for graduate education, particularly in nursing and the health sciences, because of the excellence of these programs. Around the nation, Regis is identified by the National League of Nursing as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education, with multiple access points for various degrees all the way through the Doctorate of Nursing Practice, and including our new Master’s program in Occupational Therapy as well as our programs in Health Administration, Public Health, and Radiology and Nuclear Medicine.
Our special endeavor on the global stage is the Regis Haiti Project. The project educates nursing faculty in Haiti to help rebuild the human infrastructure in that earthquake-devastated country. Several years ago the Regis Haiti Project was recognized by the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund with significant funding, and this year it has been granted significant support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
At the core of the energy and dedication that permeate Regis is the Catholic faith that has been informed by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston and their expression of values: the pursuit of truth; service to others; social justice; outreach to the marginalized dear neighbor; commitment to excellence with gentleness, peace and joy; hospitality; inclusiveness and responsiveness to the needs of all. The practical side of this kind of dedication shows up in campus-wide strategic planning. Ours is not a strategic plan that sits on a shelf, but an actual tool for implementation so that Regis will be the best university it can be. Especially in the competitive New England higher education marketplace, Regis is moving forward by fostering evidence-based, interprofessional and interdisciplinary curricula. We have also developed ten interdisciplinary “pathways of achievement” to help both our undergraduates and our non-traditional and graduate students find their professional way.
Explore this website and you’ll see what I mean. Better yet, visit our campus. Come and experience why Regis is big enough to lead and small enough to care about each student’s journey of discovery.
Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN