November 27, 2013
As is so often the case this time each year, I find that I have much to be thankful for.
I am thankful to be surrounded by talented and visionary people who have made our University the envy of health sciences educators everywhere. I am thankful to have been a participant in that process during each step and thankful too that I remain enthusiastic and engaged about where WesternU is headed, and how we can be of best service to our communities.
I am thankful for the family and friends who have been companions, confidantes, helpers, and heroes on this journey. Simply put, it would have been impossible without them.
And I am thankful for each and every one of you – the students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends who are the heart and soul of Western University of Health Sciences. Each of you is making a profound difference in the worlds of education, health care, and community service. The contribution you are making today – helping our University educate tomorrow’s healers, and providing compassionate care to all who seek it – will reap dividends you might never see, but that will make the world richer regardless.
I am confident that each of you, too, is thankful for the opportunity to be of service to a worthy cause, and to be part of a process that touches the lives of countless people for the better. With each new student, new graduate, new patient, and new opportunity, we all are renewed and re-energized for the challenges ahead.
Cicero tells us, “A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues.” I hope this Thanksgiving Day, and the holiday season to come, is cause to let all our virtues shine.
As always, I welcome your feedback on this topic and any others as we discuss WesternU’s Benchmarks of Value, and our plans. Please e-mail me with your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org, and feel free to share this message with your family and friends.
My best to you all,