A Momentous Time For Merrimack

Agenda-AchievingTwo years ago, Merrimack College brought together campus influencers and key stakeholders to discuss the College’s long-range goals, aspirations, and opportunities. With the goal of shaping a vision for the future of the College and providing a blueprint for its success, the Agenda for Distinction was born.

The Agenda provides a roadmap for achieving Merrimack’s competitive goal of being ranked among the top 30 US News Regional Universities—North and enrolling 3,000 undergraduate students by the year 2021.

As part of the College’s vision for the future, the Agenda focuses on enhancements that you can not only see but feel as well. Merrimack College is becoming a dynamic institution that is welcoming new students, and faculty, and is continuing its evolution in the form of construction, creating new programs, and launching initiatives.

Important initiatives are currently underway to achieve our bold vision of becoming nationally recognized as a distinctive institution that is dedicated to preparing students for productive, responsible citizenship in the 21st century.

“Such initiatives include the 83,000 square foot Volpe Athletic Center Expansion Project that not only enhances athletics, but is so much more. With cutting-edge classrooms and human performance labs, it is an investment in academic renewal of Merrimack College. Creating facilities for men’s and women’s sports, it is the foundation from which we begin the ascent to Division 1. And by housing and supporting the growing field of sports medicine programs, it’s building a competitive position for the College for career-prepared students,” says President Hopey.

This issue showcases all of Merrimack’s momentum and highlights our progress towards achieving or goals outlined in the Agenda for Distinction. The projects and programs featured in this issue are emblematic of our shared vision for the future of Merrimack College and are key milestones in the journey toward true distinction. Many in the community are investing in our vision and we hope you will also join us in our ascent.