Dear Faculty & Staff,
I would like to inform the campus community that Dr. Charles H. Dick, the 14th President of Westminster College passed away yesterday April 8, 2015. Dr. Dick served from 1985–1995. He was a gracious and wonderful president who provided the leadership, direction, and class that the college needed at the time.
Last week, the all-college and faculty meetings were held. I was thrilled to see so many faculty and staff attend. If you weren't able to attend the meetings, please see the attached slides from the all-college meeting. They provide a snapshot of the presentations.
We also recognized last Friday at a special ceremony five new emeritus faculty: Marsha Morton, Chuck Tripp, Joy Woolf, Fred Fogo, and Carolyn Jenkins. We said a fond farewell to seven long-time faculty who are retiring this year: Gaylen Bunker, Diane Forster-Burke, Shannon Bellamy, Maria Wrotniak, Gerry Fairbairn, Bob Haworth, and Donna Wahoff-Stice. We will miss these wonderful faculty who have provided many years of service to the college and our students.
This week we celebrate the 140th anniversary of the founding of Westminster College. I hope you all will join me tomorrow, Friday, at 3:00 p.m. in the Richer Commons for music, cake, and prizes. Westminster College's history is very important to me. Our past and our traditions shape the present and the future. Honoring those traditions will be one of the priorities of my presidency.
Friday is also Westminster's first 'Day of Giving,' with this year's theme of '$30K in a Day.' Our former board chair, Ginger Gore Giovale, has generously contributed a challenge grant for the day, and we are hoping to meet the fundraising goal of $30,000 raised in one day. If you haven't made a gift to the college this academic year, please do so on this day to help us meet Ginger's generous challenge grant.
Finally, I was proud to see the inspiring op-ed by Dr. Richard Badenhausen, professor & director of the Honors Program, that was published in Sunday's Salt Lake Tribune. If you haven't already read the article, please take a moment to do so. I appreciate Richard's thoughtful expression of the value of a college education.
Be sure to wear your favorite purple and gold attire on Friday for the birthday party!
Acting President Morgan