Delaware Valley College and President Brosnan Featured in Local News

Jan 03, 2008

Delaware Valley College and Dr. Joseph Brosnan were featured in a recent story by The Intelligencer, a Doylestown-based paper that serves Bucks and Montgomery, PA counties. The December 26th article, "Cultivating a College," describes Dr. Brosnan's view on the successful future of DelVal.


"Joseph S. Brosnan likes to say he's become a student again. In his five months as president of Delaware Valley College, the native New Yorker has spent countless hours talking with faculty, fellow administrators, alumni and students. He's toured the sprawling 571-acre campus and reached out to community leaders.

'I'm trying to get the lay of the land,' said the 61-year-old who came to the school from Columbia University's Teachers College in August. 'I'm doing a lot of listening.'

Brosnan has been impressed with what he describes as the 112-year-old school's unique niche in the world of agricultural, animal and environmental sciences and its emphasis on practical, hands-on learning. He considers the staff superior and the more than 1,600 students dedicated and hard-working.

And, he adds, in an easygoing but forceful manner, he intends to continue and grow that longstanding tradition of excellence.

'Agricultural and environmental sciences are at the center of many of the country's and world's issues. It's a pretty exciting time to be here,' Brosnan said.

'Often,' he said, 'agriculture is misunderstood; it's still thought of as just production, a farmer in the field, but it's much more.' The science of small animal research, veterinary studies, biotechnical interests, bioterrorism and sustainable agriculture are all integral aspects of the work that goes on at DelVal."