A Message from the President

As we celebrate the 122nd anniversary of our founding in 1896, Joseph Krauskopf's original vision of teaching "science with practice" is more important today than ever before.

At DelVal, we breathe life into this vision as our students work alongside passionate faculty and peers to use what they learn to address local and global challenges that matter to them. Students also gain valuable real-world training through our unique Experience360 Program. These opportunities lead to greater student success in the classroom and in the job market, as well as in life.

While we educate our students in critical disciplines such as agricultural, environmental, life, physical and social sciences, along with business and the humanities, to be truly impactful, DelVal promotes an environment that embraces a set of empowering core values. Students become a part of an inclusive learning community that pursues knowledge in a place that encourages respectful dialogue where all feel welcome and differences are valued. We know that diversity makes stronger and more effective teams.

DelVal is committed to having a more diverse student, staff and faculty. As the University's 13th president, I have worked with my colleagues across campus to create an atmosphere that inspires people and fosters innovation, entrepreneurship, clear communication, responsible resource stewardship and strong partnerships.

I've always felt the term "idle dreaming" was something of an oxymoron. Dreams are the raw material of most  great accomplishments in the lives of people as well as universities. And the route from idea to accomplishment often follows the path of Dream... Design... Do. Someone takes their dream and applies the discipline of designing a workable plan. Then comes the "Do" stage, the high energy process of making it happen, despite the inevitable setbacks along the way. At each stage the process becomes more communal. This is a productive path well traveled at Delaware Valley University. It began with the original dream of founder Rabbi Krauskopf to create a national farm school and continues through Delaware Valley's expansion into a  full university, where experiential learning is an art (as well as a curricular requirement) and student success is a heartfelt priority. In short, "Dream ... Design ... Do" is part of our identity, and we strive daily to strengthen and advance it.

As we continue on our cross-campus strategic-planning initiative, I am more confident than ever in our ability to deliver the highest quality education that is relevant to today's learners, transforming them into tomorrow's leaders. The new strategic plan will guide those efforts, enabling us to continue the great progress already made.

Maria Gallo, Ph.D.