As I contemplated what illustrious thinker I might quote for this final word of benediction,
it dawned on me that not only is this Installation Weekend for the University, it is also Opening Day Weekend for Major League Baseball.
So what better time than now to quote that great philosopher—Yogi Berra—who once famously
said: “Just remember, when you come to a fork in the road, you should always take
I offer that little gem, President Jensen, as a small example of something you have
no doubt already discerned; namely the fact that not all the advice you’re going to
get from us will be useful to you.
But more deeply I offer it for its implied wisdom that sometimes in your role here
as our President, we know you will come to forks in the road where the way is not
clear. We know there will be times when you will shoulder a unique weight on our behalf;
and do the hard work of discerning a forward course for a great institution in a challenging
and uncertain moment.
And today we would say to you that when you come to those forks, which are marked
with both perplexity and opportunity, take them in the knowledge that we are with
you. Take them in the assurance of our trust in your experience, your creativity and
your character…and know by our presence here of our confidence in you to help discern
the forward path.
When you come to a fork in the road, always take it in courage and good humor, and
know we’ll come along side you, and offer our energy, and our loyalty to combine with
yours for the larger vision and purposes Illinois Wesleyan.May the road ahead, whatever
forks, bends and turns it may hold, be a path for us all that we find deeply satisfying
and well worth taking.
So go in peace now, upheld in the goodness of God. And as we go, may we all heed the
advice of whoever it was who said, “Take yourselves lightly, so that like angels you