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October 17, 2019

Chronicle of Higher Education Highlights Dr. Nair’s Dedication to Diversity

President Ajay Nair was featured in the Oct. 6 Chronicle of Higher Education for his dedication to diversifying higher education. Following his op-ed in The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Chronicle spotlighted the University’s recent increase in racial and gender diversity in its administration...

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October 10, 2019

SI² Encourages Students to Have Voices Heard This Election Season

Arcadia students can register to vote on campus throughout the year. The Office of Social Impact and Innovation (SI 2 ) is providing supportive services in Blankley Hall to help community members through the process of registering to vote with or without a party affiliation. SI 2 hosted Jihad...

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October 4, 2019

Five Appointed to President's Cabinet

This year, the University appointed five individuals to leadership positions at Arcadia, solidifying the chief academic, development and alumni engagement, information technology, and finance roles, as well as a new position for strategic initiatives. Dr. Jeff Rutenbeck, provost and senior vice...

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October 4, 2019

JEDI Commission Hosts Cartoon Network’s Maya Litwin

By Caroline Jordan '20 Cartoon Network’s Manager of Consumer Marketing Insights and Strategy Maya Litwin spoke to the Arcadia community about the state of minority representation in children’s television on Oct. 3. Litwin discussed the impact television can have on developing minds and how positive...

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October 3, 2019

JEDI Hosts Dr. Kumashiro for Discussions on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

Dr. Kevin Kumashiro, an internationally recognized expert on educational equity and social justice, noted in his discussion with members of the Arcadia community on Sept. 26 and 27 that no higher education institution has yet become an inclusive and equitable organization to meet the needs of all...

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September 27, 2019

President Nair Op-Ed in Philadelphia Inquirer Focuses on Higher Education Leadership Diversity

President Ajay Nair published an op-ed, “Higher education must close its leadership diversity gap,” in the Sept. 10 The Philadelphia Inquirer, where he discussed the discrepancy between higher education leadership and its diverse student body. Dr. Nair wrote: “Why is it important for a university’s...

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September 15, 2019

Commission on Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Established

In September, the President’s Commission on Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) was established to conduct a comprehensive review of Arcadia’s policies, practices, and campus climate to ensure each align with the University’s Vision and Lived Values . While the Arcadia community had...

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August 22, 2019

Academic Affairs Retreat Explores What It Means to Be an Arcadia Knight

Faculty and staff worked together at the Academic Affairs Retreat on Aug. 21 to develop goals and aspirations for the new academic year. This was also the first event where faculty and staff had the opportunity to meet new Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Jeff Rutenbeck ,...

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July 16, 2019

Radhakrishnan Appointed Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Following a national search, Rashmi Radhakrishnan has been named vice president and chief information officer at Arcadia University. She begins her tenure on Aug. 15. At Arcadia, Radhakrishnan will serve as a member of the President's Cabinet, lead and manage information technology (IT) efforts,...

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July 15, 2019

Arcadia Establishes Office of Social Impact and Innovation

Following the release of the Social Innovation Task Force's final proposal , a need to amplify and develop social impact initiatives at the University has emerged in the Arcadia community. Beginning this academic year, the Office of Social Impact and Innovation (SI2) will be established within the...

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June 5, 2019

Joseph Sun Named Director of Strategic Initiatives

After a national search, Joseph Sun —an educational administration professional, teacher, counselor, and consultant with more than 35 years of higher education experience—joined Arcadia as director of Strategic Initiatives on June 3. Sun will serve as an adviser to President Ajay Nair and his...

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March 29, 2019

NASPA Names Allyship Award for President Nair

NASPA, the student affairs administrators in higher education organization, has named its Outstanding Allyship Award after Arcadia University president Dr. Ajay Nair . The award honors an individual who has demonstrated a significant commitment to building bridges, coalition, and allyship for the...

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October 18, 2018

Dr. Ajay Nair Inaugurated as Arcadia’s 22nd President

Message of "truth" highlights inaugural address “The truth shall set us free,” was the message from Dr. Ajay Nair on Oct. 13, as hundreds of students, staff, faculty, alumni, trustees, families, friends, and community members ushered in a new era at Arcadia University with his inauguration as 22nd...

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September 27, 2018

Cheltenham Commissioners Laud Facilities Team

At its Sept. 26 meeting, the Cheltenham Township Board of Commissioners presented Arcadia’s Facilities Management team with a citation for helping to restore and maintain the landscape around Cheltenham Township. Recognized at the meeting were Ground Foreman Timothy Gallagher , Grounds Lead Kevin...

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September 25, 2018

Arcadia University to Inaugurate 22nd President, Dr. Ajay Nair, Oct. 13

Arcadia University is proud to announce that it will inaugurate its 22nd president, Dr. Ajay Nair , during an installation ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 13. The ceremony is the culmination of a week of events celebrating the inauguration theme, “Reimagining Our Higher Education Community: From...

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September 24, 2018

Arcadia Community UKnights for Semester Kick-off Meeting

The Arcadia community came together on Sept. 20 for the UKnighted Campus Communitywide kickoff meeting engage with President Ajay Nair and the chairs of the Shared Governance and Transparency, Aspirational, and Budget Task Force committees. At the meeting, which was a follow up to the April 20...

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August 27, 2018

The Class of 2022 Become Knights

Under sunny skies on Aug. 24, hundreds of students moved into residence halls as Arcadia’s newest Knights. Student-athletes and volunteers unloaded mini fridges, bedding, and other University necessities for the Class of 2022, which includes community activists, musicians, international students,...

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August 16, 2018

Alumni Meet President Nair

The Arcadia University Alumni Association kicked off its “Meet President Nair” event series with a rooftop reception for Arcadia alumni at The Continental Mid-town in Center City, Philadelphia on July 31. More than 75 guests joined President Ajay Nair , his wife Paayal, and his children, Krishna...

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July 25, 2018

The Graduating Class of 2018: Ready to Take on the World

The spirits of 1,000 students earning doctoral, master’s, and baccalaureate degrees could not be dampened by the threat of rain during the 162nd Arcadia University Commencement ceremonies on May 17 and 18 in Kuch Alumni Gymnasium. At Thursday evening’s Graduate Commencement Ceremony, 490...

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July 25, 2018

Alumni Weekend 2018

The Arcadia campus came alive with the return of more than 300 Beaver College and Arcadia alumni, family, and friends for Alumni Weekend, May 4 and 5. Guests came from near and far to remember, relive, and reunite with the University community during events and reunions. The celebratory weekend...

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July 25, 2018

A President for the Future

On a cloudy, April afternoon, more than 200 Arcadia students gathered onto Haber Green. The boisterous group carried signs that urged “AU Turn on the Light”— a protest over a plan to reduce the size of the faculty at Arcadia and a call for more transparency. Several students took to the microphone...

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