When I worked for the US Navy, colleagues used the phrase “Fair Winds and Following Seas” as they would bid farewell. So, that’s how I’ve titled this last blog.
It sounds trite to say that it’s been a pleasure and an honor to serve as OSU’s Vice President for Research for the last four years, but it is quite apt. A pleasure, since OSU’s research community is one of the most innovative, interesting and resourceful that I’ve ever known. No two days were ever the same, and all days were stimulating … that made it fun. An honor, since it’s somewhat daunting to serve the needs of a quarter-billion dollar endeavor. How can one not feel the honor of serving people who are curing disease, saving the planet, feeding the hungry and generally making our lives better?
I tip my hat to all of our researchers – faculty, staff, students and administrators. You are destined for continued wonderful success!
I also would like to express my gratitude to the great staff in the OSU Research Office. This merry band of professionals is dedicated to and invested in the success of our research enterprise. I’ve enjoyed getting to know every one of you, and look forward to hearing of your future success as well.
Finally, a thanks to the University leadership – President Ray, Provost Randhawa, VPs Clark, Ford and Johnson, and all of the rest of the team. Your direction and leadership help to make OSU the outstanding institution that it is.
So now I head back east to DC where I’m sure new adventure awaits. I’ll remember these days fondly … and rest assured, I’ll be wearing my black and orange as I enjoy those fair winds and following seas.