Bersin, Cohn Set to Speak at Groundbreaking for New USD School of Leadership and Educational Science

Construction on the new University of San Diego School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) facility will soon be under way.  University officials and special guest speakers Alan Bersin, California State secretary of education, and Carl Cohn, superintendent of San Diego City Schools, will participate in a groundbreaking ceremony for the $36 million facility on Monday, April 24, 2006.  Ceremonies begin at 11 a.m. on the Copley Library lawn directly across from the site of the building.
The critically needed 80,000 square-foot facility will feature 15 classrooms, a 200-seat auditorium, a 60-seat executive training classroom, underground parking, a 2,000 square-foot instructional resource center, and a café. The building will provide SOLES students and faculty with a state-of-the-art facility providing the latest in education technology.
“A SOLES education is truly a transformative experience,” said Paula Cordeiro, dean of the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at USD.  “In just 50 years since the school was founded, our magnificent faculty has created one of the most recognized leadership development and education schools in the western United States.  Upon completing a SOLES graduate or doctoral program, our students have fully developed the important skills needed to transform the future.”

Since joining USD in 1998, Dean Cordeiro has increased the number of faculty from 15 to 37, and the student body from fewer than 500 students to over 1,000.  Hundreds of SOLES alumni are working across the county in leadership careers in education, counseling, family therapy, business, nonprofit management, military, and special education.

“In spite of the many challenges we have experienced raising the funds for this desperately needed new facility, the entire USD community is excited about this amazing project,” said Mary E. Lyons, USD president.  “For many years, the SOLES faculty, students and staff have either worked in inadequate facilities or have been dispersed across campus in temporary quarters.  It is incredibly important to the school’s future that faculty have access to advanced technology and other resources they need to help our students serve the region’s children, families and community.”

Funding for the facility has been arranged by a combination of sources including bonds, grants, and funding from foundations and private donors.  USD continues to seek a major gift from a naming donor.  

Designed in the university’s traditional Spanish Renaissance style, building architects are Delawie Wilkes Rodrigues Barker.  Rudolph and Sletton have been selected as general contractors.  Construction of the new building is expected to be completed in time for the start of the fall 2007 semester.  
The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949; the school enrolls some 7,200 students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The establishment of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies will bring the University’s total number of schools and colleges to six. Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Leadership and Education Sciences, Law and Nursing and Health Sciences.


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The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.