Throughout our lives, we remember reaching crossroads — those times when it was necessary to make a decision that could change everything. I faced that decision in the past 24 hours and have chosen to be guided by family. Today, I will be introduced as the next President of California State University, San Bernardino. 

For nearly five years, Evy and I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with each of you. After working at numerous universities across the country and visiting countless campuses, I can honestly tell you that we have been privileged to serve the College of Staten Island community and work with an exceptional faculty, a dedicated staff, and a committed student body.  

I remain deeply grateful for the generous support of Chancellor Goldstein and the Board of Trustees. I especially appreciate the extraordinary people of Staten Island who never failed to impress me with their individual and collective dedication to the enhancement of this great borough. 

But more than anything else, Evy and I want to say thank you. It’s been an honor. Please know that this campus community will always hold a special place in our hearts.