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Mary-Beth Cooper Welcomes Springfield College Students

Mary-Beth Cooper began her tenure as the 13th president of Springfield College on August 28.
Mary-Beth Cooper began her tenure as the 13th president of Springfield College on August 28. (Photo courtesy

To All New and Returning Students:

I am delighted to welcome all of our returning students and our new arrivals to Springfield College as we begin our academic year together.  As your new President, I am extremely thrilled to be here with you, and I look forward to embarking with all of you on the significant work we will accomplish.  Together we will continue to live and advance the institution’s mission of Humanics, the education of the whole person in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to humanity.

The life of a college student can be pretty incredible.  The life of a Springfield College student is even better.  On a typical day here on campus, you may start your morning (OK, perhaps late morning!) sorting out your daily schedule, talking with friends, getting your coffee and a snack at the Campus Union, working out at the Wellness Center, taking classes in Locklin, Schoo-Bemis, or Blake, enjoying an amazing lunch at Cheney, participating in or watching a game in Blake Arena or on one of the fields.

During these day-to-day routines, it’s important to reflect on your Springfield College experience as a time when a world of ideas is opening up to you.  This is the time when you will learn more than you have ever thought possible.  You’ll learn about yourself.  You’ll learn about your future career.  You’ll learn life skills.  My hope is that your learning here at Springfield College will inspire you to participate and, more importantly, celebrate in a world of ideas, possibilities, and diverse perspectives.

My task, and that of our faculty and staff, is to ensure you will continue to receive top-quality professional preparation.

Springfield College professors are outstanding scholars whose love of teaching illuminates a classroom.  Our staff and administrators are leaders in their field and their communities whose priority it is to help students to make the most of their time at Springfield College.

It is an exciting time for me.  I am sure it is for you as well.  I look forward to learning with you and getting to know each and every one of you.  In this collaborative, cooperative setting, I hope we all will engage in meaningful dialogue about life and even find a way to have a little fun along the way.


Dr. Mary-Beth Cooper

13th President of Springfield College

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