Leading Through Our Mission
The mission of Medaille College is to educate and develop empowered individuals for academic achievement, career success and civic engagement, thereby contributing to a healthy, diverse democracy.
I never get tired of talking about the mission of the College.
Educate and develop ... There’s a big difference between education and training. Training has a short shelf-life. Education, however, is for your entire life. And development is layering personal growth onto the knowledge you acquire through your interaction with your student colleagues, your faculty and the staff here at Medaille.
Empowered individuals ... Our job is not to empower you. You are already empowered. You will use that empowerment to take the time and devote the energy to enhancing that power and shaping it into a vision of your next best self. And we say “individuals,” not just students, because it’s the responsibility of the faculty and staff to apply this mission to themselves first. We believe it is important that you see our faculty as role models who are committed to lifelong education and development.
Academic achievement, career success and civic engagement ... The order of these goals is vitally important. First, take care of learning and grades. Without the successful completion of your degree and the next phase of your education and development, your options for career success are limited. And your career success is critical to everyone here. Finally, as an active member of your community, wherever that community is, there is an expectation to contribute.
Thereby contributing to a healthy, diverse democracy ... The ultimate goal is for all of us to be learned and engaged citizens — in other words, active and engaged members of your community with an ability to understand the challenges and be a contributor to the solutions. And this happens whether you’re a lifelong Buffalo native, a student athlete from California or studying abroad. Wherever you are and wherever you go, you can be that engaged citizen who is not just passing through.
And I hope that your Medaille College experience is at the heart of those experiences.
Welcome to Medaille College.
Dr. Kenneth M. Macur, President