President Upham’s farewell letter

Dear TU Students,

As Peggy and I begin our final semester as TU president and first lady, we are proud of everything the university community has accomplished during the past 12 years. We are also grateful for the steadfast support of so many talented students.

The TU student body is a talented and accomplished group. The newest members of this group, the Class of 2020, are just beginning to learn about our traditions and daily activities. Our freshmen hail from all parts of the US and 25 different countries, and they match the level of academic achievement and civic engagement of each of our previous classes. Our outlook is indeed bright, and there is every reason to believe TU’s future will hold even greater promise under the steady leadership of Dr. Gerry Clancy, who will begin serving as president on January 1, 2017.

As students, you have tremendous resources at your fingertips and amazing opportunities to take advantage of on campus. Your years at TU are precious, and your time here will go by quickly. I urge you to get involved in SA or one of the many different student organizations on campus. There are lectures, plays, musical performances, films, and athletic events to attend, and you can get involved in Greek life, intramural sports, and one of our many faith communities. Open yourself to the world of opportunities that are available each and every day on campus. And remember to take care of each other. The lessons of patience, tolerance, empathy and respect are strong threads in the fabric of our university.

I have always found the people at TU to be special because we challenge each other to do great things. As I transition to the role of university professor and president emeritus, I look forward to remaining an active part of this dynamic community, albeit in a much different role. Thank you for the inspiration you have provided over the years. I look forward to seeing you on campus. All the best,

Steadman Upham

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