2022 President’s Report


Ajay Nair, Ph.D., President

A University for the Future

This report is a point of reflection demonstrating the challenges we faced and the initiatives we achieved over the past year. We are on a path of significant progress in realizing our Arcadia2025 Adaptive Strategy. As we mark the halfway point, our efforts to place our students at the center of all we do have enriched our culture and community. We are moving from austerity to prosperity, and are proud to welcome students who are the right fit and have the drive to succeed here at Arcadia.

Beginning this 2023 academic year, we mark and celebrate 170 years as an institution of higher learning. We continue the legacy of those who built the legacy of Beaver College, and continue to challenge ourselves to think big and pioneer opportunities that evolve Arcadia into a 21st-century University for the future – one that ventures beyond the classroom to prepare students to confidently and boldly succeed in a world that needs their skills, dedication, and adaptability.

Join us on our journey.

Our Mission

Arcadia University provides a distinctively global, integrative, and personal learning experience for intellectually curious undergraduate and graduate students in preparation for a life of scholarship, service, and professional contribution.


2021-22 Year at a Glance



Graduate degree recipients employed within 6-9 months of graduation

ranked for a strong commitment to teaching undergraduates in U.S. News & world report


Bachelor's Degree Recipients Employed or Enrolled in Graduate School within 6-9 months of graduation



“I want to create a network and establish relationships with people who have the same passions as me. I have a lot of dreams.”

Disovering Your Passion

Harper Jones ’23 knew she’d enjoy the theater scene in London. An Acting major with a Musical Theater concentration, Jones was in one of the globe’s theater capitals for almost the entire spring semester on a study abroad program with Arcadia London Center and Goldsmith University. What she may not have expected, though, was to discover a passion for theatrical activism. 

Exploration of Identity in London

After attending the exhibit “Life Between Islands: Caribbean-British Art 1950s-Now” at Tate Britain, Jones reflected on her experience in “What Does It Mean To be Black in a White Dominated World?”, exploring how her identity as a Black woman relates to all Black people across the globe. 

“Afro-Caribbean and Black people all over the world all basically kind of live a similar struggle,” she says. “Hopefully, I’ll be able to explore that through artistic or theatrical activism in the near future to expand my exploration of identity.” 

Jones believes in the power of art and theater and how they can go much further than entertainment and alter an audience’s perception of identity and experience. 


Theatrical Activism

“If done properly, theatrical activism can lead an audience, even if they don’t understand the production, to leave the theater with a different mindset or perspective than they had coming in,” said Jones. “I believe that theater and art can change the world.” 

Jones hails from near Dallas, Texas; she decided to attend college at Arcadia after theater faculty traveled there to view a high school performance. 

Jones has worked with summer enrichment programs as a mentor to Black youth in Texas, introducing every aspect of theater — acting, dancing, singing, filmmaking, stage lighting, and more — to foster creative avenues for young people to express themselves. She was bitten by the musical theater bug at an early age, and counts “Aida,” “On the Town,” and “Funny Girl” as among her favorites. 

Jones hopes to graduate summa cum laude next year, intern at a theater company in Philadelphia, and continue her theatrical activism and exploration of identity. 

Points of Pride

Throughout the 2021-22 Academic Year, the Arcadia community demonstrated strength and commitment to building relations and making an impact as our campus became vibrant and active. 


PASMART_Group with Foram

Dr. Foram Bhukhanwala Receives $630K Grant to Expand Apprenticeships in Early Childhood Education Program

The 2021-22 Academic Year saw tremendous progress with our Adaptive Strategy. Our community produced an incredible amount of work and focused on our goals and objectives. From academics to athletics, from student fellows to faculty excellence, and from the extraordinary to the extracurricular, community members showed their strength and talent.


2021-22 Adaptive Strategy at a Glance

active initiatives in our adaptive strategy

active Key Performance Indicators our Adaptive strategy is tracking

completed initiatives from Arcadia2025 including CTLM, CASAA, & All-Modes Ready priorities

senior arcadia leaders managing our top level priorities

Academic Excellence

STEM Grant Impact

Associate Professor of Education Dr. Augusto Macalalag received a $2 million award from the National Science Foundation to explore how STEM interdisciplinary learning impacts 7th- to 12th-grade student understanding.

Publishing Scholars

While the University’s faculty are rightly renowned for their teaching abilities, they are also active scholars. Last year they did much to contribute to their disciplines, publishing papers, books, and chapters in such areas as toxicological investigations and motor vehicle fatalities, communicating with Latino patients, library science, integrating family caregivers into health care systems, the benefits of handwriting class notes, the Academia Leonardi Vinci, the artist Jay DeFeo, and bodies of water in African American fiction and film.

Faculty pursued creative endeavors as well, publishing two collections of poetry and a fantasy romance novel.

Student-Scholars Present

Arcadia’s faculty weren’t the only members of the University community to excel. Students contributed to their fields and disciplines through presentations and publications and earned accolades at various competitions.

Arcadians presented research at public health conferences and mathematics meetings, and picked up awards at forensic science and business competitions.

And the student-run public relations agency, 1853 Communications, won second place in the Students Save Lives College Challenge, organized by the Gift of Life Donor Program. 

Title III Grant from U.S. Department of Education

And the University was awarded a five-year, $2.25 million Title III grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support work designed to increase student achievement, persistence, and retention. 


2021-22 Academics at a Glance

degrees awarded

undergraduate degrees awarded in 2022


Undergraduates Participate in Internship/Practicum/Research

graduate degrees awarded in 2022

Full and Part-Time Faculty members across our university

Social Responsibility & Impact

Establishing the Office of Access, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Putting words into action, the University undertook several initiatives to create a more equitable Arcadia and a more just world. Among these was the appointment of Dr. Angela McNeil as Assistant Vice President for Access, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the first such position in the institution’s history, and the establishment of the Center for Anti-Racist Scholarship, Advocacy, and Action, an interdisciplinary academic center that brings together individuals from the University, local community, and the wider world to shape the thinking and mindset about racism across the globe.

Arcadia Develops Land Acknowledgement Statement to Recognize Lenape

Seeking to educate the University community on the Lenape Peoples, who first lived on the land where the campus now sits, and other Indigenous communities, Arcadia developed a Land Acknowledgement Statement to recognize the Lenape’s perseverance.

Peer Education Program Earns National Award

Arcadia’s Office of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Prevention & Education (OSVPE) received the Outstanding Peer Educator Program Award from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). NASPA representatives were particularly impressed with the office’s Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month programming.

CASAA Awards Microgrants for Scholarship and Antiracist Pedagogy

In efforts to advance scholarship on race, racism, and social justice in the past as well as in the contemporary world, the directors of the Center for Antiracist Scholarship, Advocacy, and Action (CASAA) at Arcadia University unveiled a new initiative—the CASAA Microgrants Program—in March 2022. As part of the institution’s investment in antiracist studies, the program provides small grant awards to support individual and collaborative research projects that expand our understanding of race and racism across the globe, consider obstacles to racial equity in modern society, and probe strategies for achieving racial justice. Grants include: 

Air Pollution and Environmental Racism in Philadelphia: Prash Naidu, Assistant Professor in the Department of Historical and Political Studies

COVID-19 Vaccination Experiences of Black Birthing People: Comfort Z. Olorunsaiye, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health

Dangerous Animals and Private Crime: Discriminatory Ontologies of Migration in U.S. Asylum Law: Hilary Parsons Dick, Associate Professor, Department of Historical and Political Studies

JLE Academy: Hip-Hop Education in Action: Stephen Tyson, Jr., Adjunct Professor, First-Year Seminars Program and Educational Leadership Graduate Student

Ghostly Images of Racism: Exploring Racism in Dark Tourism through the Lens of Ghost Criminology

Anti-Bias/Anti-Racism Training for NGOs


2021-22 Social Impact at a Glance

PREVIEW PROGRAMS IN SPRING 2023 offered as study abroad mobilizes


Undergraduates Study Abroad/Global Engagement

NUMBER OF STUDENTS PARTICIPATING IN COMMUNITY SERVICE project packaging 25,000 meals for Rise Against Hunger Philadelphia

students employed in campus offices and facilities

Student Success and Engagement

'The Compass' Publication Enters its Tenth Year

The Compass, Arcadia’s online, all-student-curated, interdisciplinary undergraduate journal, published its ninth issue. Issue 9 contains papers that explore Mexican national identity through photography; assert how nostalgia for an idyllic, pre-industrial country lifestyle creates gentrification in rural areas; and reflect on the constitutionality of a statewide mask mandate during the COVID pandemic.

Produced by students in Arcadia’s Honors Program, The Compass provides a platform for undergraduate research. The publication is downloaded more than a thousand times per month.

Battling a 'Hidden Opponent' to Raise Mental Health Awareness

Arcadia students addressed a “hidden opponent” — mental health awareness in college and university student-athletes. Led by Jackie Skalski ’24, president of Arcadia’s chapter of The Hidden Opponent, a nonprofit organization focused on mental health awareness in student athletes, and chapter vice president Abbey Finkill ’23, the University hosted a 5K walk/run for suicide prevention on Haber Green.

A portion of the funds raised was donated to Morgan’s Message, an organization founded in memory of women’s lacrosse player Morgan Rodgers that strives to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health within the student-athlete community and equalize the treatment of physical and mental health in athletics.

Arcadia Exhibitions Brings U.S. Tour of 'Sun & Sea' to Philadelphia Fringe Festival

Arcadia Exhibitions presented Sun & Sea as part of the 2021 Philadelphia Fringe Festival — the second venue of the U.S. tour of this celebrated opera performance. Blurring the lines between music, theater, poetry, and visual art, the work ran last fall. More information can be found at gallery.arcadia.edu/Sun&Sea.

Arcadia and Jiangsu University Celebrate 10 Years of Collaboration

Members of the Arcadia University community joined in “virtually” when the School of Mathematical Science of Jiangsu University in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province, China, celebrated the 10th anniversary of the joint program between the university and Arcadia.

Through the program, students can earn bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics from both institutions, usually completing two or three years at Jiangsu, then finishing their degrees at Arcadia.


2021-22 Student Success at a Glance


Acceptance Rate


4-year graduation rate


Yield Rate


Total fall to fall retention rate (full-time matriculated)

Campus, Culture, and Community

A Generational Opportunity for Arcadia

Arcadia was offered a transformational opportunity to acquire 125 Royal Ave, the former Bishop McDevitt High School property. The four-story building totals more than 95,000 square feet, and the 18 acres of the property include athletic fields and a parking lot. With other offices and Oak Summit Apartments on Royal Avenue, the acquisition represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the University and its students to expand our campus footprint. 

Our Career Ecosystem

Arcadia launched the Career Launchpad, creating a self-service yet customized career exploration experience for students and community members to find resources, opportunities, career advice, employer events, interview prep, labor market insights, and career guides, which are curated based on their industry interests. Users may also explore curated resources aligned with their identities, such as College2Career Scholars, International Students, LGBTQ+, Multicultural Students, and Student Workers/Work-Study.

Growing Relationships through Art

Linda Ruth Paskell ’81, ’96MEd, adjunct professor in the School of Education, each year leads students in giving back to the community through art. Last year, in place of their usual “Art of the Syllabus” event on campus through the Artist in the Community course, Paskell and her students held three individual “site shows” to honor the work of students and their continually growing relationship with the community. 

In the “LOVE” project, students designed “Community Giveback” art to encourage Hope Garden Inter-Faith Housing Alliance residents and their families in Ambler. They also made “butterflies” with students with Down Syndrome from Our Lady of Confidence School in Willow Grove. An “opening exhibit” was held at the school and attended by parents and other students. Finally, the students engaged with friends from Active Day, a provider of adult day care services, who have cerebral palsy. Together, group members created mandalas on vinyl. Active Day representatives are starting an “Arcadia—Active Day” gallery at their facility to display the work created together.

Glass, Higgins, Abraham ’17 Appointed to Arcadia University Board of Trustees

Arcadia University elected three new members to its Board of Trustees: Nancy Glass, CEO and executive producer for Glass Entertainment Group, an award-winning television production company; Peri Wallace Higgins, president and founder of Evolve Advisors; and Aliyah Abraham, management and program analyst for the U.S. Department of Commerce and a 2017 graduate of Arcadia. Their appointments brought the total number of trustees to 21 and reflected ongoing efforts to diversify the board, includind increasing the diversity of perspectives from different life experiences.


2021-22 Our Community at a Glance


Students who are First in their families to go to college

employees celebrating 5 years of service or more at Arcadia university

STATES REPRESENTED in our student body

acres acquired with the purchase of 125 Royal AVenue to expand campus

Maintaining Our Students at the Center

Arcadia students spent the year as active scholars and creators. Through hard work and collaboration, they demonstrated the outstanding results of an Arcadia University education.

Danita Mapes ’23

Media and Communication major

One particular part of Arcadia that makes my life so much easier on campus is Disability Support Services. Throughout my entire educational career, I’d never received support like I do at DSS.

As a Because Arcadia blogger, Danita Mapes ’23 has posted several times on campus items of interest, such as Landman Library, the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Mentoring, and Murphy Hall. She has also tackled weightier matters, most notably her campus experiences as someone who lives with cerebral palsy and brittle bone disease. Mapes wrote candidly of her challenges, but also observed that Arcadia has “certainly [been] a better option over larger and inaccessible colleges.”

It isn’t just the Arcadia community with which Mapes shares her thoughts. She was selected as a featured writer for I’m First!, a website that features the stories and perspectives of students who lack a family history of higher education.

Ameliia and Nelly Tyncherova ’26 vsq

Ameliia Tyncherova 26 and Nelly Tyncherova ’26

Psychology and International Studies majors

Our culture is kind of different from Americans’, and we want to see how people live here and get to know them and become involved in this community.

Twins from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, the Tyncherovas were searching for schools to apply to and happened upon a website that included Arcadia. “We just fell in love with the University, and we love the campus – it’s gorgeous,” Ameliia said. “Also, the study abroad program is unique. I think it’s really great that you can study not only in one country but in others.”

The twins have numerous extracurricular interests and activities. Ameliia draws, paints, swims, and plays guitar, while Nelly plays piano and sings. On top of that, both are professional dancers in their home country.

“We’re most looking forward to meeting other students and gaining new experiences,” Nelly said.


T.J. Scollan ’25

Sport Management major

I visited Arcadia’s campus a few times before moving in and am really excited to start here.

Ocean County College transfer T.J. Scollan ’25 brings quite the winning resume to Arcadia’s men’s soccer team. At Ocean County, he played for a team that went to the Region XIX DIII finals, and his Toms River (N.J.) High School squad made the state sectional finals in his senior year, when he served as team captain.

I really like the campus and am impressed with the school,” Scollan said. “They had the major I wanted to study and everything just fit really well.”

Samuel Wragg III

Samuel Wragg III 21 ’22M

Public Health major, MPH/International Peace and Conflict Resolution master’s degree

Few students immerse themselves in the Arcadia experience as fully as Samuel Wragg III ’21 ’22M did.

After receiving his undergraduate in 2021 with a bachelor’s in Public Health, Wragg returned to complete a Master of Public Health and International Peace and Conflict Resolution. Throughout his time at the University, he engaged in a wide variety of activities, marking himself as a true Arcadian including: a Preview course in 2019 that put him on an airplane for the first time and took him to Oman; Wragg and nine other IPCR students ate only beans and rice, slept on cots, and didn’t have cell phones or electronics, in a simulated humanitarian crisis put on by the non-governmental organization Forage Center for Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Education; and served as a general member of Pushing Our Women of Color to Excel in the Real World (POWER). On top of that, Wragg participated in intercollegiate athletics, earning spots on the men’s cross country and track and field teams. In spring 2022, he crossed the finish line in 54.59 seconds in the 400 at his final, regular in-season meet.

Cahill '22

Dean Cahill ’22

Biology major

You don’t realize how much you take for granted in person, seeing classmates and faculty members.

After spending almost two years learning remotely, Biology major Dean Cahill ’22 found that returning to campus for his senior year inspired a desire to reconnect with peers and participate more in class. 

A member of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) and a men’s lacrosse player, Cahill served as an Army medical intern two summers ago at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, in Washington State. After graduating, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and posted to the 213th Regional Support Group Headquarters and Headquarters Company as a military intelligence officer. In time he plans to apply to medical school or PA school.


Honey Testa ’22M Forensic Science master’s degree

Honey Testa ’22M

Forensic Science master’s degree

Sign petitions, donate to water protectors on the front lines, go to rallies, and if you can, go to the front lines in Minnesota. Just make sure you put the ‘act’ in ‘activism. 

Honey Testa ’22M is using their 123,000 social media followers to inspire environmental justice and action through their work with the Braided Justice Collective. As a member of the Braided Justice Collective, which began in July 2021, Testa is part of a national group of diverse voices seeking justice to stop the Line 3 Pipeline, a tar sands pipeline that will run from Alberta, Canada, to Superior, Wisconsin. The pipeline will disrupt untouched wetlands and the treaty territory of Anishinaabe peoples, through the Mississippi River headwaters to the shore of Lake Superior.

The Braided Justice Collective and other groups are organizing and educating the public on the dangers of Line 3. Testa, who also earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Arcadia in 2020, encourages people to get involved and use their voice to make a difference through their following on social media and elsewhere. 



2021-22 JEDI at a Glance


students from diverse race/ethnic backgrounds

artifacts and memorabilia in our Center for Antiracist Scholarship, Advocacy, and Action (CASAA) reshaping the thinking around racism through scholarship and justice healing

Initiatives identified by alumni and the community to combat anti-Black racism

AEDI Liaisons across campus who help deliver these crucial changes in our community

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI)

In the National Spotlight

The Chronicle of Higher Education took note of Arcadia’s efforts in its “Race on Campus” newsletter. A story quoting President Nair, Provost Jeff Rutenbeck, Ph.D., and Assistant Vice President for for Access, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Angela McNeil outlined the University’s determination not to let its Anti-Black Racism Initiatives “fall by the wayside, like other diversity plans in higher ed.” Evolving from ABRI to CABR, our work combating Anti-Black racism continues.

Our CABR Work is Ongoing

Following a year of progression on more than 40 Combating Anti-Black Racism (CABR) initiatives, Arcadia faculty and staff gathered several times last summer to examine curriculum, scholarship, and professional development in the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) and CABR frameworks.

The Faculty Senate Work & Welfare Committee and University members who attended the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) conference hosted a workshop series throughout the summer to continue CABR and JEDI efforts. Workshop topics included “Decolonizing the Classroom,” “What does a Decolonized Classroom Look Like?,” and “Re-Designing Syllabus Institute,” and the series included a last-minute check-in to establish a decolonized classroom for the academic year as well as a follow up to the Re-Designing Syllabus Institute.

The Work & Welfare Committee also held a free summer workshop, Create True Racial Justice in Your Organization, which is geared toward dismantling racism at the institution.

SAJE Expanding Diversity in Teaching

Members of the University’s first Social Action and Justice Education (SAJE) Fellowship cohort graduated in May 2022.

Addressing the nationwide lack of diversity and cultural competency in the teaching profession, the SAJE Fellowship prepares students to serve as classroom teachers, provide mentorship in diverse communities, and lead schools, programs, and educational opportunities geared toward social justice. The program expands dual enrollment and enhances mentorship opportunities for participating students, and increases pathways for students of color. Each SAJE fellow earns a bachelor’s degree aligned with Arcadia’s Secondary Education track, leading to certification in Biology, Chemistry, English, General Science, Mathematics, or Social Studies.

“The SAJE Fellowship presented an incredibly unique opportunity,” said SAJE Fellow Emily Wingfield ’22. “I aspire to be an educator that is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and I wholeheartedly believe that the SAJE Fellowship will help me in becoming that educator that I aspire to be.” 

Link to the 2022 CABR Annual Report

The 2022 CABR Annual Report chronicles the 2021-22 academic year. The dozens of initiatives to Combat Anti-Black Racism (CABR), with established milestones, represent an essential and complex mix of efforts that require sustained focus, collaboration, and courage. 


2021-22 Athletics at a Glance

students are athletes

Twenty-one Field Hockey players were named to the NFHCA Division III National Academic Squad

Student athletes play more than one sport

The Baseball team earned top national 10 ranking during the season.


Arcadia’s Athletics squads earned numerous individual and team honors in 2021-2022, including NCAA Tournament appearances for the Baseball and Softball teams and Women’s Cross Country’s Tate Dawson qualification for an NCAA National Championship – the first for any Knight in school history.

Dawson, a graduate student; Micah Gordley ’24; and Kira Bochard, also a graduate student, were All-Region picks.

Women’s Soccer’s Brianna Crowley ’22 was named All-Region by United Soccer Coaches.

Men’s Lacrosse’s Timmy Fyock ’22 was the first-ever Knight to be recognized as an All-American in the sport.

Kira Bochard of Women’s Outdoor Track and Field was named the program’s first-ever All-Region selection.

Softball hosted an NCAA Regional for the first time in program history, and pitcher Juliana Presto ’24 set new program records for wins and strikeouts in a season.

Baseball achieved several program firsts, winning 40 games, hosting an NCAA Regional, and advancing to the regional championship. 

Owen Margolis ’22 was the program’s first-ever consensus All-American. 

Five Baseball Knights were named to All-Region teams, and Bryan Torresani earned Regional Coach of the Year honors.

Men’s Soccer’s Jake Varrato, a graduate student, and Daniel Tittelmayer ’22 were selected to the United Soccer Coaches All-Region team, with Varrato the first Knights goalkeeper to be named First Team All-Region.

Impact Philanthropy

Closing the Fiscal Year 2022

Led by the Division of University Advancement, Arcadia is pleased to announce that the University has met its annual giving target of $750,000 for fiscal year 2022. 

THE Fund for Arcadia

Thanks to the collective support of alumni, faculty, staff, parents, trustees, and friends, the University surpassed our goal for the University’s unrestricted fund, The Fund for Arcadia.

Total Achievement/Impact Philanthropy

Arcadia also broke the UKnightedTuesday fundraising record for the third straight year. The University Advancement division received a prestigious Gold Circle of Excellence Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for its work on UKnighted Tuesday.

After Arcadia


About the President’s Report

The 2022 President’s Report chronicles the academic year. We are strengthening campus leadership, pursuing high-impact opportunities, and inspiring a values-based culture. With an understanding of the major disruptions that are occurring within higher education, we have built a community of practice to enable and articulate our shared passions and commitments.

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