Office of the President

President Wilson's Farewell Remarks to Faculty and Staff

Wilsons
Pat and Dick Wilson were presented with a commemorative book about their tenure at Illinois Wesleyan.

October 20, 2015 Campus Reception

I have commented on my impending retirement on several different occasions over the past three months, but none is more important to me than the one today with faculty and staff. Not only have you made the last decade both exciting and enjoyable for Pat and me, you also have become our friends.

I often talk about the spirit that exists on this campus and the many ways that faculty and staff reach out to one another to celebrate achievement and provide consolation during adversity. This is one of the defining characteristics of the University, and Pat and I have certainly been the beneficiaries.

With my last day as president fast approaching, I find myself thinking more and more about the memorable experiences I have had at IWU. I don't think you will be too surprised that current and former students figure prominently in my mind. I would like to share a few special moments with you that I believe reflect the transformative impact of faculty and staff on students at IWU:

I know that each of you could add other students to this list of people whose lives have been transformed at IWU as a result of the efforts of the faculty and staff. If you will allow me to broaden the impact pool to include college presidents, count me among those whose life has been forever changed. I am grateful to all of you for making my experience at IWU more fulfilling than I could have ever imagined. Your dedication has inspired me; your encouragement and support have sustained me. It has been a distinct honor and privilege to serve as your president for the past eleven years. Thank you very, very much.