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Farewell Remarks to Faculty and Staff

The Wilsons share a laugh during a farewell reception with faculty and staff.

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.

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President Wilson's Remarks

> Oct. 5, 2015: (Audio) Interview with WJBC Radio 

> July 1, 2015: Announcing the Egbers Quadrangle

> May 14, 2015: Enrollment and Budget Update

> May 3, 2015: Commencement Welcome & Closing Remarks

> April 9, 2015: (Video) Remarks for Multicultural Graduation

> March 15, 2015:  The Pantagraph Annual Report

> February 25, 2015: Founders Day Welcome

> Dec. 15, 2014: Retirement Announcement. Also hear an interview with WGLT Radio about his retirement decision

> August 22, 2014: Remarks at the Faculty and Staff Breakfast

> March 16, 2014: The Pantagraph Annual Report

> May 20, 2013:  Inside Higher Ed Alma Mater Blog: Managing Risk

> May 5, 2013:  Commencement Welcome

> February 11, 2013: Inside Higher Ed Alma Mater Blog: Gun Control: What Makes Common Sense?

> March 1, 2013: Tuition and Fees 2013-14

> October 22, 2012:  Inside Higher Ed Alma Mater Blog: MOOCs: Excitement and Apprehension

> August 24, 2012: Remarks at the Faculty and Staff Breakfast

> April 10, 2012: Special Report

> March 21, 2012: The Pantagraph Annual Report

> March 21, 2012: Special Report to the Campus Community

> February 20, 2012:  Tuition and Fees 2012-13

> March 12, 2011: The Pantagraph Annual Report

Browse or search an archive of President Richard F. Wilson's remarks and messages, including letters From the President's Desk from the Illinois Wesleyan University Magazine, on Digital Commons @ IWU:

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