Dear Western Community
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Now that the Board of Trustees have finalized my appointment as Western’s next president, I wish to once again express to you how honored I am for the opportunity to lead Western. As I continue to learn about Western from conversations with students, faculty and staff leaders, I am all the more grateful to be joining this remarkable institution, and excited to be a part of its future. It is clear that Western’s reputation for high quality undergraduate education, impactful learning experiences and an inviting campus community all originate from your commitment and passion. I look forward to learning and working with you to build on Western’s strengths, and advance its mission and its values.
My wife Uzma and I are also grateful for the reception we received on campus in April, and we look forward to getting to know you and the Bellingham community better when we arrive later this summer.
Finally, I wish to once again thank the Board of Trustees for their confidence and support, and President Shepard for the strong leadership that he has provided Western over the past eight years.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016