While I applaud the Venture Forward campaign and its focus on research, there is a very significant absence in all of its written, video, and verbal communications.
Princeton is a leading research university, but it is a university. It derives its greatness from attracting, recruiting, admitting, and teaching future leaders. These future leaders then become prominent alumni who we are all proud of. From a national standpoint growth in research is paramount, but Princeton is an academic institution and Venture Forward needs a focus on our wonderful students and alumni.