With her contract renewed for another five years, Newman University president Noreen M. Carrocci says her goals include new buildings on campus.
She doesn’t know how much it will cost, or specifically where the money will come from, but said, “It’s going to be significant.”
She said she wants to build new facilities for science, health science and technology within the next five years at the private Catholic university located near Kellogg and Southwest Blvd.
“I will be fundraising,” she said.
“We have terrific friends, benefactors, and alums,” she said. “They’ve helped us building good programs and a great faculty.”
The building program is one of two challenges she has set for herself in those five years, she said. The other goal is to make Newman be seen as affordable.
“If we have the success I want in the next five years, people will be looking at us as an affordable option for college, and I will be grateful,” she said. “I think our biggest barrier is that people see ‘private’ college, and think they cannot afford us. And they can.”
Tuition this year at Newman can look steep on its face, she said: $22,000 a year.
But Newman also makes extensive use of financial aid packages that on average reduce that cost to $10,000 a year, she said.
That’s still roughly $4,000 to $5,000 more than Wichita State University. But she said that is much lower than what private colleges would cost on the coasts, or even elsewhere in the Midwest. And she said Newman students graduate with no more debt than students from other institutions.
Newman University serves more than 3,000 students.
“I couldn’t be happier with my job,” she said. “I can’t believe this is the sixth year already. It’s been a great fit.”
Carrocci took over at Newman on July 1, 2007. She serves on the boards of the Downtown Rotary Club of Wichita, the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce, Via Christi Hospitals-Wichita, Wichita Grand Opera, and the Wichita Community Foundation, according to the university statement.
The university’s board of trustees in February decided to renew her contract for five years, the university said. Carrocci came to Newman from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., where she was provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.
“Dr. Carrocci will complete her second three-year contract in June,” said Douglas Stanley, chair of the Newman Board of Trustees, in a statement released Monday by the university. “We were delighted that she has agreed this time to a five-year contract extension.
“Dr. Carrocci has demonstrated that she’s an effective leader, with a strong vision for the university and a sincere commitment to its success.”