Editor:

A recent opinion column in The Post-Star by Will Doolittle referenced the resignation of Judy Calogero from the board of trustees of The College of Saint Rose. As with all issues on governing boards, the situation at Saint Rose is much more complex than was summarized by Mr. Doolittle.

The fact is that The College of Saint Rose, like many private institutions of higher education, is confronting challenges. In response, Saint Rose is offering new academic programs and enrolling more students from across the United States as well as from other countries. It is a force for good in the Capital Region, in New York state, and in the world. We are thrilled to hear that Mr. Doolittle’s daughter, a Saint Rose student, is having an excellent educational experience. She is like so many students whose lives have been transformed at Saint Rose since the college was founded by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet in 1920.

The challenges Saint Rose is facing were not created by a single person, nor will they be solved by a single person. The college’s trustees are united in our support of and committed to working with President Stefanco and her leadership team to implement the strategic plan that will lead us into the college’s second century. Unity is our tradition and our strength, and it is what will sustain Saint Rose for the next 100 years.

As the current board chair, an alumna and a sister of St. Joseph, I am privileged to serve in a leadership role for the college. Trustees and administration are all working diligently to ensure a strong future for The College of Saint Rose.

Sister Mary Anne Heenan, CSJ, chair, board of trustees, The College of Saint Rose

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