Thank You!Thank You!
As I approach the end of my 16 years as president of Carnegie Mellon, I write to thank you, the university community, for giving me the privilege of serving in this position and for your support over these many years.
It truly is a privilege to be the president of CMU. Globally regarded as one of the best universities in the world, Carnegie Mellon's president is respected simply for having the title.
True story: Being the modest person that I am, I almost never tell strangers what my position is; it sounds to me too much like bragging. But, I make an exception whenever I go through Passport Control at airports (which is often). The conversation usually goes:
Immigration Agent (looking at my form): "I see you traveled on business. What was the nature of your business?"
Me: "I was visiting our alumni and academic programs. I am the President of Carnegie Mellon University."
Agent: "Oh! That's a great school. Welcome home!"
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Of the thousands of people who have contributed to our success, I must single out the deans and directors for their excellent leadership of our colleges and non-academic units. We purposefully operate in a decentralized manner, putting resources and authority in the hands of these key people. I like to think that CMU is more than the sum of its parts, but the parts have to be excellent if the whole is to be.
I have had the great good fortune to work every day, closely and collaboratively, with the Management Team: Mark Kamlet, Executive Vice President and Provost; Vice President and General Counsel Mary Jo Dively; Cheri Hays, Secretary of the Board of Trustees and Director of the President's Office; Vice President of University Advancement Robbee Kosak; and, Vice President for Campus Affairs Michael Murphy. They are a wonderful group and the best at what they do that Carnegie Mellon has ever seen. The six of us are supported by a terrific group of assistants - my thanks to the 6th Floor Crew and, for my personal sanity, Cathy Light, who has gone to amazing lengths to keep me on time and out of trouble.
Being the leader of this outstanding community has been an enormous honor. My wife, Maureen, who has been a great "First Lady" and my life partner, joins me in saying THANK YOU and in wishing you all the best.