My last Fort Report message. What to say? In T.S Eliot’s Four Quartets, Little Gidding, there are four lines:
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
I have explored Fort Lewis College and its mission with you for the last eight years. I care deeply about this special place. As a last message, I remind myself and you of who we are, in our simple yet profound mission statement:
Fort Lewis College provides an integrated and formative liberal arts and professional education to a diverse student population, preparing global citizens to work in and contribute to a complex world.
We love this place, and Tom will too. Welcome President Tom Stritikus, with his energy and enthusiasm. Help him as he explores how best to live up to the integrated and formative liberal arts and professional education, as he works with us to fulfill our century-old commitment to diversity, as he focuses on the importance of public service and citizens’ responsibilities incumbent on a public institution of higher education. May our students’ lives be changed as a result of their education here. May they join our complex world as contributors.
Thank you to those who have served our students with me these past eight years. I wish you all the very best.
President, Fort Lewis College