Dear Friends,

Carlow University has a long tradition of innovation; we were the first educators of Catholic women in Pittsburgh, we lead in our support of diversity and inclusion, and today we are using leading edge technology and progressive educational tools to create innovative programs for today’s students.

Higher education and the Greater Pittsburgh Region are experiencing a period of rapid change and growth resulting in new and evolving needs of the regional workforce. This presents an opportunity for those institutions of higher education who can be highly responsive. Because Carlow has always been nimble and innovative, we are able to adapt our programs or build new ones and quickly deliver them in formats that allow students a variety of options. We are confident that this will prove to have a meaningful impact on the region because our career outcomes , at 99% of job-seeking graduates having jobs, coupled with the high percentage of our graduates who remain in Pittsburgh, guarantee it.

So it is with pride that we are launching a new College of Professional Studies , Carlow’s answer to the critical needs of the business community and adult and graduate students. This new college has two important missions: (1) to provide adult students with easily accessible programs to upskill or complete a degree, (2) to provide a complement of programs that funnel students to the workforce with the skills, soft and hard, that are needed, when they are needed.

Leading the College of Professional Studies as dean is Jim Ice, EdD, who comes to Carlow after a long career in the corporate sector. In addition, we are celebrating the arrival of a new provost and vice president for academic affairs, Sibdas Ghosh, PhD, who begins his tenure at Carlow July 1 and comes to Carlow with an established record of accomplishment in research, innovation, and leadership. Together with The Hub for Workforce Development and Innovation, and new academic program development underway, we are moving the university forward.

There are many other exciting things happening on campus, but two of the most visible are the renovations to St. Joseph Hall that will preserve a beautiful building while delivering a contemporary athletic and fitness center to our students and athletes. At the same time, we are renovating the Nursing Simulation Laboratory  in Curran Hall and will soon have a state of the art simulation center for our highly regarded College of Health and Wellness.

One of Carlow’s most impactful and beloved leaders, Sister Jane Scully , passed away this year. She was known as a trailblazer and as Carlow carries her legacy forward and continues to live our mission, we are empowering our students to excel in their chosen work and become strong ethical leaders. We look to our alumni, donors, and friends to join us as we work to realize the next chapter of innovation at Carlow University.

Sincerely,

Suzanne K. Mellon, PhD