Dean's Message: Building Boom

Dean Rodney J. BrownThe College of Life Sciences is in the midst of a building boom. New greenhouses and new electron microscope facilities were recently completed. The Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum is expanding. Work has begun on a new Life Sciences building to replace the Widtsoe and Cluff buildings. It is easy to feel that everything is going well because these things are going well.

It would be a mistake, however, to gauge our overall success by only one measure. Our objective is to provide the best possible education for the students who come to the College of Life Sciences at Brigham Young University. This endeavor, of course, requires adequate physical facilities.

"Our objective is to provide
the best possible education
for the students to come to
the College of Life Sciences at
Brigham Young University."

Many other things are important too. To provide an outstanding education, the faculty’s preparation and abilities must be worthy of their students. This is an especially big challenge at BYU because of the high quality of our students. Each year they come to us better prepared than they did just one year before. Faculty members hired today have more and better preparation than any who preceded them. The requirements placed on faculty today to do the highest quality of original research and to publish their results in the best scientific journals keep them at the cutting edge in their disciplines. Students learn directly from those who made some of the very discoveries about which they are learning. Still another army of people provides support to both students and faculty in the College of Life Sciences. Administrative and staff employees are better prepared and have better tools than ever before. The loads they carry are increasing as enrollments in the college continue to grow.

Yes, the College of Life Sciences is in the midst of a building boom. Building a strong and productive college goes far beyond physical buildings.