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.