Commencement and Reflection

The Spring 2011 Commencement is now behind us, marked by an amazing talk by Holly Petraeus and the celebration by 184 graduates and their families.  It was truly an honor to preside over this, my first, commencement.

As I approach the end of my first three months at Methodist, I want to reflect on a truly memorable beginning to my presidency.  Trustees, students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and community members have reached out to me and made me feel welcome.  Thank you for your warm hospitality and many suggestions.  I am so excited about the future for this university, based on the quality of the people and their commitment to a culture of excellence.

I invite you to share your thoughts about what you would like to see as we move Methodist to the next level.  Our university deserves the best from us so that we may meet the needs of our students as they follow their own Methodist journey.  There is a role for each of us to play in shaping each of these unique experiences.

For me personally, I can’t help but feel that I have the best job in America at the finest university in America!  Debbie and I are truly blessed to be at Methodist during this historic time in the life of the institution.

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