The School’s research and teaching missions must be underpinned by a faculty of the highest distinction. In an extremely competitive climate of faculty recruitment and retention, SAS must provide the necessary resources to enable its faculty to flourish, including competitive salaries. Such resources must recognize and support faculty in their individual scholarly pursuits in their respective fields, while promoting a dynamic environment in which ideas are shared and knowledge boundaries are crossed among faculty and students here at Penn. The School takes pride in its tradition of faculty loyalty, derived from both its custom of bringing the best junior faculty up through the ranks and of providing an attractive home for recruiting top senior faculty. We must continue to foster this vibrant sense of academic community.