August 4, 2010
Today I’m announcing that this coming year, my fourteenth, will be my last year as Earlham’s President.
I’m feeling the jumble of emotions I expected I might — and more. I love this position, and feel honored to have had the opportunity. But I also know it’s time for me to try a different pace and attend to other challenges. I need to be more of a hands- and kisses-on Dad to Robbie (age seven) and I need to let my wonderful wife Ellen seek a position that draws on her capabilities. I’m also yearning to live in Maine. So sadness and anticipation and a little anxiety.
As it so happens, Diana Chapman Walsh, President of Wellesley until 2007, wrote a wonderful piece in Inside Higher Education that gives me glimpses of the road ahead.