Dear Faculty, Staff, Students, and Alumni,
Over the past 10 years I have written countless letters and emails to you as president of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. This is my last. It has been the honor of my life to serve this institution; to witness students from all backgrounds transcend our classrooms to become leaders in our communities; to see program ideas brought forth by faculty become thriving academic departments; to experience our mission in action across the nation and on the other side of the world.
My most memorable moments were those when we came together as a community, whether it was in forums held in the days after 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, our commencement ceremonies, or saying goodbye to friends who left us too soon. With each turn of the calendar we welcomed new students to our academic community and commenced others to new professions and opportunities. Throughout this constant cycle of renewal, I was always reminded that something happens here at The Chicago School. We are more than a graduate school; we are a place where diverse perspectives and experiences are celebrated and new challenges are accepted with intellect and purpose.
As for me, while I step aside from the responsibilities of this office, I will remain involved and connected in a new capacity as president and CEO of TCS Education System. I am sure that some reading this might ask "what exactly is TCS Education System?" To me, the System is recognition that the engaged-professional model of education created here at The Chicago School is unique and inspiring. Its applications are vast and can be extended to more service-centered fields such as education and human development, health and human services, and even law. The System allows us to reach new communities and invite those who share the vision that among higher education's most noble duties is to prepare engaged, purposeful agents of change who serve our global community. Schools such as Pacific Oaks College, Pacific Oaks Children's School, Garfield Park Preparatory Academy, and the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute have already joined us in this pursuit.
Our work has just begun though. In fact, as recently as last week we received notice from the IRS that the System is now officially recognized as a tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization that will support The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and our new partners in community-centered education. We embrace this approach because of our commitment to remain mission focused and a servant to the public. If you want to learn more about the System, the website and I are easy to find: my email address starting tomorrow will be firstname.lastname@example.org and the website is www.tcsedsystem.edu.
I close with parting thoughts on where it all began: The Chicago School. I have the privilege to leave this office in very capable hands. Dr. Michele Nealon-Woods is a terrific leader who I am convinced will guide our values of education, innovation, service, and community to new heights. Looking back on my time at The Chicago School, I have an even more fervent belief that the world needs more of what we offer-an academic community committed to solutions, mutual respect, compassion, and helping students fulfill their highest potential. I think our best days lie ahead and am thankful for this opportunity to serve. I am a better person for it.
Michael Horowitz, Ph.D.
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology