As most of you know, yesterday was my first official day as president of Saint Mary’s University. It was a very active day divided between both our Twin Cities and Winona campuses, but I greatly enjoyed meeting so many of you, my valued colleagues. I’m extremely grateful for the warm welcome you have shown me. I am looking forward to better understanding the needs, goals, culture, and charism of Saint Mary’s. I am also deeply humbled to continue the great momentum that is already happening at our university. I know that working here — with such dedicated faculty and staff — will be a great gift, as will the opportunity to enrich the lives of those we serve. Thank you for all your prayers and good wishes during this time of transition. I look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas as we move forward together.