Campus Life

Stepping aside not easy; but it is the right time

University of Lethbridge President Dr. Bill Cade chats about what's happening in the University community

As most of you know, I announced in March that I would be stepping aside as President of our University when my current term expires at the end of June 2010. This was not an easy decision and one that Elsa and I gave much consideration.

I absolutely enjoyed my time here and if there's ever an example of leaving when you want more, this is that situation. This is a very good place to be President and while I love the job, I know that change will be good for the University and for us.

My term, however, is far from being over and I'm excited about my final year as President. I will follow closely the process of finding a successor and when that person is identified, work to make the transition as smooth as possible. Dr. Howard Tennant was especially generous in helping with my introduction to the position. His approach was that if I wanted advice, he would give it to me. He would not push advice on me unless I would go to him and ask, and my intention will be to offer that same support.

I have great confidence in our Board of Governors and the Presidential search committee as they begin the process of finding a new President. I am also secure in the knowledge that this job will attract some excellent candidates with very good experience. The University is in great shape and this will be a real career opportunity for someone, as it was for me.

Many people have asked what I will do following the end of my term. I expect I will spend the first couple months back in San Antonio, Texas, decompressing and visiting with family and friends.

After that, I will turn my focus back to my crickets and the research interests that have been on the side burner for some time. I still have three years left on an NSERC grant for research and with ongoing projects in Texas, southern Africa and the Hawaiian Islands, I am looking forward to getting my hands dirty again in the field.

Of course, I'll be back at the University for the opening of Markin Hall in the fall of 2010. I would not miss this opening as I think it is one of the most significant events in the history of the University. I love the way the building is taking shape, how it looks from across the river and how it complements the horizon.

Eventually, I would love to be back in the classroom; that would be a real thrill. I think it would require a lot of effort on my part because much has changed over the last 10 years, but it would also be very stimulating. To have the thrill of being in the classroom with students again, I can't imagine a better way to end one's career.

Congratulations to those who were honoured at the recent Pronghorns Blue and Gold athletics banquet. I'd also like to congratulate director Brian Parkinson and the cast of Arcadia for their wonderful presentation of the Tom Stoppard classic.

A very significant groundbreaking ceremony is occurring Apr. 15, as the University begins construction of its campus daycare facility. I invite everyone to attend this important event.

In closing, good luck to all students as you write your final exams in the coming weeks.