Thank you for making a difference

Friday, March 3, 2023

Dedicated students, distinguished colleagues and dear friends,Happy Friday!

In recognition of today, the day of employee appreciation, I know that I speak for every member of our leadership team when I say: we see you, we value you and we are grateful for all the difference that you make every day for our students, for each other and for our communities.

In composing this note, on a flight from one place to another, I couldn’t help but think of all the integrating team functions that must come together to run a single day on campus. Ranging from ensuring safety to coordinating lectures, to ensuring adequate physical facilities, to enhancing student success, to ensuring availability of health, mental, academic, recreation, sports and many other services, thanks to our “team S&T,” the fact that there are no accidents is no accident. To our team members, who individually and together, run our system of systems, I say thank you.

Our mission and student centricity? Always first! Our people? Always! To make S&T a destination of choice for our students, faculty and staff, we rely on the collective effort of our people, and I write today to say thank you for all that you do.  


To support our employees, the stewards of our mission, we recently launched our series of leadership, management and professional development opportunities for faculty and staff. By all measures this leadership program has been well received. Clearly, there is a desire for continuous improvement and leadership. Indeed, this is how we grow and continuously progress.

Our Staff Success Center is yet another recent initiative that provides greater opportunities for recognition and staff development.

Clearly there is more work to do, and there is more work for us to do to recognize and appreciate the contributions of members of our teams. Thanks to their efforts and the generosity of our alumni, supporters and friends, we are moving forward at an encouraging pace. Greater achievements are suddenly within our grasp if we recognize the value of diversity of perspectives offered by all of us and actively listen regardless of who is speaking.

I also want to thank our entire S&T team for your gift of constructive feedback all along. Providing feedback signals care, and receiving it graciously signals courage. The prize for all of us? Enlightenment!

Thank you for your steady contribution, for your lasting care and for making a difference.



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