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Thank You Dean Warder

Dean WarderAs 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.

Go Tigers!!

Dean Richard Warder

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John A. Pafford

John A. Pafford (B.S.E.T. 1987) is the 2011 Outstanding Alumnus from the Herff College of Engineering. A co-founder of Spine Wave, Pafford has more than 30 years of experience in the orthopedic industry with 20 years in senior management.

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