March 15, 2016
I want to devote a few lines to reflect on what I consider to be one of our finest achievements to date: the selection of Dr. Daniel Wilson as the University’s second president. As you know, Dr. Wilson was selected after a presidential search and interview process that took the better part of a year, and that included outstanding candidates from across the United States. It was a painstaking process that involved countless hours of work by our Presidential Search Advisory Committee, interviews with constituent groups from across our campuses, the input of faculty and staff after a series of town halls, and a host of other factors.
The successful completion of that process is in itself a substantial achievement. Keep in mind that this was something our institution had never done before. Even with the able assistance of our presidential search consultant, much needed to be learned for the very first time. I, for one, am impressed that the process went as well as it did, for as I told you in a message not long after I announced my retirement, there is no magic formula for picking a president. That job was placed in the hands of trusted and discerning employees and board members of WesternU, and left to the full Board of Trustees for a final decision. None of those involved at any stage of the process would contend there weren’t bumps along the way, but I believe all are highly satisfied with the result.
For what a result it is. In Dr. Wilson, Western University of Health Sciences has as its new president a man of humanism and healing. He’s a small-town boy, with an appreciation for his physician father’s patient-centered approach, who grew into a thoughtful, compassionate physician and PhD of national and international caliber – all without losing sight or appreciation of the small-town humanity that bonds us all.
President Wilson is a healer, a thinker, a collaborator, and a leader. Western University of Health Sciences will be in very good hands under his stewardship. I know all of you will join me in welcoming him to the University family, and making every effort toward his success and that of the institution we call our own.
My best to you,