Dear Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni, and Friends,
I arrived at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology 10 years ago with a charge from the Board of Trustees to take our mission and approach to psychology education to new frontiers, students, and communities. Every day since then I have joined you and others in advancing this vision. Along the way we never ceased in our cause to make The Chicago School of Professional Psychology a preeminent and nationally recognized graduate school.
There comes a time for all of us though when we begin new chapters in our lives and careers. After long reflection, I have decided that the time has come for me to write the ending of one chapter and begin a new one. I have decided that 2010 will be the year that I transition from the presidency of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Earlier this afternoon, a national search began under the direction of our board, to find my successor: the eighth president of TCSPP. This person will continue the work of this office to ensure that our mission and the academic, operational, and financial thread that connects the school's campuses to each other is preserved and strengthened. The new president will also be a national voice for professional psychology education and an advocate for expanding the benefits of psychology and related behavioral sciences.
As for me, I will not be going far. Last year, a number of us at TCSPP began creating something new and exciting: TCS Education System (TCS ES). A nonprofit organization, TCS ES will allow us to take the models of graduate education first developed at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and apply them to other disciplines such as education, health, law, and business. The System also includes TCS Foundation, which will further connect us to new funding sources for the work we do in the community both domestically and internationally.
I will transition full time into the role of president and CEO of TCS ES once the new TCSPP president is seated, which I expect to happen between the end of the current academic year and the beginning of the fall semester. In the meantime, it will be business as usual at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I remain your president on the national front and will continue working with campus presidents, academic deans, department chairs, and others to make sure that your time with us is the best that it can be.
Serving The Chicago School of Professional Psychology over the past 10 years has been among the most rewarding journeys of my life. Our work is only beginning though, and I can't wait to see where the next chapter takes us.
Michael Horowitz, Ph.D.
President, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology