Thank You Dean Warder
As I was sitting thinking about how to write this last piece, the children’s "So Long,
Farewell," lyrics from the Sound of Music popped into my head, particularly Marta’s
portion about “I hate to go and leave this pretty sight”, which was then followed
by Friedrich’s “Adieu, adieu, to yieu and yieu and yieu.” I only wish that I could
have personally said ‘goodbye’ to every one of our students, our faculty, our alums
and the College’s friends and supporters.
There have been many changes in the University of Memphis and the Herff College of
Engineering during the past nearly twenty years and as many have said, every great
city needs a great university. It should go without saying that every great university
needs a great engineering college and so many of you are making that happen.
The past 18 years have gone by quickly for me and I’m confident that future leadership
will move the college further towards new achievements and recognition outside of
Shelby County. I look forward to watching as the college reaches new heights!
Although I plan to spend some time further humiliating myself on the golf course,
I will continue to be heavily involved with the accreditation of engineering programs,
including training of new program evaluators, serving as a team chair and/or a mechanical
engineering program evaluator and helping engineering programs with their preparations
for forthcoming accreditation visits, both in the US and internationally. It shouldn’t
be very dull around the Warder household.
I’ve mentioned previously in several forums that nearly twenty years ago, when I was
considering moving from the University of Missouri to Memphis, then President Lane
Rawlins pointed out that a name change from Memphis State to The University of Memphis
was about to be approved. After thinking about it, I realized I would be moving from
one U of M to another U of M, and that Tigers were the mascots of both institutions.
I wasn’t used to ‘Blue & Gray’ Tigers, but now I’m delighted that the Memphis Tigers
are and will remain a significant part of Dianne’s and my lives.
Dean Richard Warder