As I reflect on the all the work that went into the Inauguration festivities last Friday, and then the showcasing of the University over the course of the day, it is worth repeating that the event was not about me, but about Methodist. How fortunate I am to have the opportunity to be in this place at this time, with so many “signature people” among us who care so deeply about this University.
I want to thank everyone for making my family and other guests who visited our campus feel so welcome. I heard so many comments about the hospitality exhibited by our community. And the campus never looked better, thanks to the hard work by everyone.
Special thanks are in order for the Inauguration Steering Committee, chaired by Robin Davenport, for all of their efforts above and beyond the call of duty. What an amazing group of people!
We have such a wonderful university community, and Friday, March 23 indeed provided an opportunity to showcase Methodist. There were so many highlights to the day, including the Leadership Breakfast, “Inaugural Showcase” (featuring the first Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium), Inauguration and Reception – all done first class and all presenting our students, faculty, and staff at their best.
Again, I have the best job in America at the best University in America, and it is no longer a secret!