This is the last letter I will publish in this space and it gives me pause to realize that I will no longer be the one to show you the amazing things this College, these faculty, these employees, these trustees, and particularly these students are capable of. But the stage is also set for the next president, Jim Troha, to take Juniata to even greater heights.
And that really is the secret of Juniata's success. Its evolution goes well beyond the influence of any one leader. Because of its fierce community spirit and a deep commitment to teaching, research and guidance that I know I shall never see equaled anywhere else, Juniata will continue to build, continue to grow and continue to produce graduates who transform the lives of those fortunate enough to be included in their orbit.
I consider myself fortunate to have fallen into Juniata's gravitational pull. Many of the things you will read in Juniata's most recent alumni magazine are focused on the accomplishments achieved during my presidency. But when I think about it, I was just an interested spectator for most of the things you'll read in that issue. While I was in the big office, the real work and all of the accomplishments were achieved through teamwork, improvisation and creativity, and uncommon dedication. In fact, the only thing I did all by myself was convince my wife, Pat, to move north of the Mason-Dixon Line.
Please take a look at the great story on Pat, also in that issue, written by my friend Becky Weikert '02, who is now managing editor of the Huntingdon Daily News. In addition there's a great spread of photos showing me in pretty much any pose you can imagine—from a tuxedo to a filthy T-shirt caked with dirt from Hurricane Katrina.
As my time at Juniata draws to an end, let me just say that spending the past 15 years working with the most talented people on the face of the planet has been one of the signature pleasures of my life. Keep up the great work.
Thomas R. Kepple Jr.
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1700 Moore Street
Huntingdon, PA 16652-2196
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