Alumni Association President’s Message
In April 1855, Newark Normal School, today’s Kean University, was created. The first class consisted of 85 women who were going to be trained as teachers for the Newark school system. Two years later, in 1857, they graduated and became the first alumni of Kean University.
Today, there are over 89,000 active Kean University alumni located in all 50 states and in dozens of countries around the world. Our proud heritage in education continues as Kean still graduates more teachers than any other school in the state, but we also graduate students in over 50 undergraduate programs, 35 graduate programs, and 3 doctoral programs. In addition, the amazing ongoing expansions and beautification of our campuses is absolutely breathtaking and due in large part to our president, Dr. Dawood Farahi, and the support and contributions made by our alumni.
Kean is proud to be the most diverse and third largest public university in New Jersey. Its primary mission is to provide a quality education for the students in our community, as well as students from around the world, while maintaining its affordability even throughout the existing budget crisis. To give you some perspective on how drastic the cuts are, consider that in 1995 Kean University received 58 cents of every dollar in revenue from the state; today, only about 12 cents of every dollar we receive comes from the state of New Jersey.
We have been recipients of a prestigious education. As alumni, we have the responsibility to ensure that the degree(s) we received retain value and relevance for subsequent generations of Kean students. Kean alumni can help insure that the University continues to achieve its goals by staying involved. I urge you to return to campus, speak to student groups and provide career insight, help mentor a student, attend a sporting event and cheer for our coaches and student athletes, enjoy a concert or a play in one of our many theaters, or use our library or gyms. Through the generosity of our alumni, we can help Kean keep all of its wonderful programs, we can increase the number and amount in scholarships offered to our students, and we can continue to help make Kean a World-Class University.
It is important for alumni to help the Alumni Office keep its records up to date. Call our office (908-737-ALUM) or email us to keep us informed of your accomplishments and milestones. Also, help us keep our mailing addresses and email addresses up to date so that we can be sure that you are receiving the KEAN Magazine, invitations to alumni events, and all other campus news. Make sure to read our monthly e-newsletter and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
Alumni working together, more than 89,000 strong, can make a difference in the lives of students today who are destined to be the leaders of tomorrow.
Edward A. Esposito ’69 ’72 MA
Alumni Association President