Dedicating John Jay College of Criminal Justice’s New Vertical Campus

Thomas K. Duane

November 03, 2011

On November 2, I had the privilege of speaking at the ribbon-cutting of John Jay College of Criminal Justice’s magnificent new building on Eleventh Avenue between 58th and 59th Streets. The 620,000-square-foot, 13-story vertical campus houses 56 state-of-the-art classrooms, new cyber lounges and cutting edge science facilities as well as emergency management and high rise simulator labs, a moot court, conference and exhibit spaces and a black box theater.  I applaud John Jay President Jeremy Travis and City University of New York Chancellor Matthew Goldstein for having had the vision to develop the cutting-edge educational environment necessary for John Jay to reach its academic and professional potential.  I was proud to support John Jay’s efforts to secure New York State funding for this project and I am deeply moved by the college’s commitment to educating for justice – social, economic, political, and criminal justice.  Students representing all of New York’s diversity come to John Jay because of its challenging educational opportunities, strong moral underpinnings and high social relevance.  I wish John Jay and all its stakeholders the greatest success in the college’s wonderful new home.