A Wonderful Ride

Dear CoBE Community,

I have some news to share with you.  On July 31, 2014, I will be retiring from UW-Whitewater.  I arrived in August of 1990, so my retirement date marks the completion of 24 years on this glorious campus, the last 13 of which were spent in the dean’s office.

Provost’s Administrative Fellows, 1999. Left to right: Provost Prior, Ann Raill, Chris Clements, and Richard Telfer.

As I reflect back on my time here, I realize how fortunate I have been in my career.  My work has been challenging and interesting, as have the people I have met along the way.  Students, faculty, staff, administrators – all have stood out as people of integrity, depth, commitment, good humor and profound caring.  To be able to say this about the people one works with is a rare gift, and one I hope you are able to receive, as well.

I feel honored to have been chosen to serve as the dean of the College of Business and Economics.   When people allow you to serve as their leader, they are placing enormous trust in your hands.  It is a privilege and also a responsibility to do as well for them as you possibly can.  This responsibility stretched me to become more than I could ever have on my own, and I feel that I owe a debt of gratitude to those who allowed me to fill this role.  It has been an amazing experience.

I believe in the tremendous value of higher education and its ability to transform lives.  I also believe fervently in business and management education and the power it carries to impact the world.  Business is an important social institution, and has the ability to make a profound, positive difference in addressing the world’s problems.  Yes, I know – it can also do some major damage.  We’ve all seen it.  This is all the more reason why it’s so important to do it well.

So carry on.  Do good work.  Make good choices.  Enjoy your life.  Take advantage of opportunities to laugh.  I’ll miss you all.  Thanks for a thoroughly wonderful ride.

 

Chris

 

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