Dear President's Commissioners,
I am excited to be joining Wheaton College as its eighth president at this important time in the College's history. I believe that the kind of liberal arts education that Wheaton provides has never been more important for society. It's a true honor to be joining a community that shares this strong commitment to the liberal arts with such a long and storied history.
I have had the pleasure of meeting some of you earlier this year, and I am looking forward to getting to know all of you as I begin my first year at Wheaton. I believe that the President's Commission is an important way to create dialogue among all parts of the Wheaton community on the many challenges that higher education is facing. I have heard from President Crutcher about the valuable insights and advice he gained over the years from the Commission. I hope to be able to capitalize on that same guidance and input.
I would like to personally invite you, as a member of the President's Commission, to my Inauguration, scheduled for Friday, October 17, as well as to my first meeting with the President's Commission on Friday, October 24. While I hope that you will be able to join us for both events, I certainly will understand if your schedule will not permit this. Since Inauguration Day will have a packed schedule of activities, there will not be enough time for the kind of in-depth conversations that are a hallmark of the President's Commission. Thus, I'd like to hold the October 24 session to ensure that those Commissioners who can make it will have ample time to have a conversation with me about Wheaton and to share their insights with me.
You will receive formal invitations to both the Inauguration and the President's Commission meeting in the coming weeks. Please let us know if you will be able to attend either or both of these events. Thank you again, and I'm looking forward to seeing you in October!
P.S. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Foxboro Courtyard Marriott for the President's Commission meeting. Please call the hotel at 1-800-321-2211 by Thursday, October 2, 2014 to make your reservation.