OK. Enough of the serious stuff for the moment. With apology to Hilary Clinton for the play on words of the title of this entry, I'd like to seek your support by challenging me to lose a few pounds by walking the campus on a regular basis to come and visit you. I've begun a series of scheduled and impromptu meetings around campus to continue to learn the fullness of all that we do collectively (OK, and to enjoy the approaching spring weather).
Inertia being the objective natural force that it is, it cares little whether it contributes to forces remaining at rest or in motion. In my case, like for many of you, inertia can keep me in my office in meeting after meeting. But that is not the commitment that I've made to you or to myself as your colleague and president. I need your help to establish and maintain some 'in motion' inertia.
We have received a draft report from Rickes Associates regarding best strategies for long range planning. After discussion with Cabinet and receipt of the final report I will set up some meetings with various groups to discuss the recommendations of the report. In addition to this type of interaction I'd like to continue to come by and visit you where you work to learn more about your joys and challenges and about our collective hopes for the future.
So, feel free to send me an invite to come by to visit and to join in your work here in whatever way seems fitting. Regardless, I plan to begin to schedule time out of my office as we move through the spring semester. I'll hope to see you out and about.