Dear President’s Commissioners,
I hope this message finds you well and refreshed from time with family and friends over the summer and that you are settling back into your fall routines. A few weeks ago, we welcomed our new and returning students. I am proud to share that the Class of 2017 hails from 34 states and 23 countries. It is also one of the largest and most diverse entering classes in the college’s history. I have already had the opportunity to meet some of the students as they find their way around campus.
As you can imagine, my decision to step down at the end of this academic year was a very difficult one for me. This summer marked the start of my tenth year at Wheaton. Betty and I have both enjoyed the many relationships that we have developed over these past ten years. Joining the Wheaton community and serving as the college’s seventh president have been a great privilege. Working together, we have accomplished a great deal in 10 years!
The next President’s Commission meeting will focus on some of these accomplishments and the impact of Go Beyond: Campaign for Wheaton on the college community as a whole, and our students in particular. We will highlight Wheaton’s role in shaping lives. During our morning session, we will hear from current and former students about the experiences made possible Because of Wheaton. In the afternoon, we will ask you to serve as a focus group, sharing your ideas and feedback with the Presidential Search Committee as they work to find my successor.
If your schedule permits, please join us on Thursday, October 24, for dinner at the Presidents’ House. Cocktails will start at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. After dinner, we will have an update and presentation on Wheaton’s newest major, Business and Management, which should begin at 7:30 p.m.
I hope you will join me on Friday, October 25, to explore “Going Beyond: Campaign Impact and the Presidential Search.” Our day will begin with check-in at 8:45 a.m. on Friday, October 25. Registration and our first sessions will be held in the Faculty Dining Room in Emerson Hall. (Please use the entrance near Howard Street.)
If you need hotel accommodations, a special rate has been secured at the following hotel:
Courtyard by Marriott Boston Foxboro
35 Foxborough Boulevard
Foxboro, MA 02035
$134.00 plus taxes
Rooms are blocked under the name Wheaton College, President’s Commission. To guarantee this special rate, you must contact the hotel directly and make your reservations by Thursday, October 2, 2013. Hotel directions are available here. Directions to Wheaton College and information about how to get around the Norton area are available here.
On behalf of Wheaton and its students, I want to thank you for your efforts. I look forward to seeing you on October 24 and 25!
Questions about your meeting reservations should be directed to Pam Vaz at 508-286-3471 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact Jim Kenny, Program Manager, President’s Commission, and Associate Director of College Advancement, at 508-286-3393 or email@example.com with questions about the meeting program.