Over several weeks this spring, I attended events for Wheaton alumnae/i, parents and friends in a number of cities, from Los Angeles to London. Each gathering was unique, in that different topics and different presenters were featured. In every case, however, I was struck by the warmth and camaraderie of the group and a deep sense of appreciation for having had the opportunity to get to know so many, many Wheaties during the past 10 years.
As the date for the end of my term has neared, I have spent some time reflecting on all that I have learned and seen and done, and the wonderful friends both Betty and I have made during my presidency.
Every institution of higher education is shaped not only by its location but also by the people who are associated with it, as students, faculty members, alumnae/i, staff and friends. In my experience, however, Wheaton’s sense of identity as a community and its commitment to maintaining that character are unique sources of strength. [Read more...]