Transitions … a message from President Byrd

Transitions … a message from President Byrd

This newsletter often focuses on a common theme: transitions. The transition from high school to college. The transition from home to campus life. The transition from college to a post-graduate career.

Life is never static. My wife Nancy and I have rediscovered that fact of life as we prepare for retirement. Like our Simpson graduating seniors, we know that bittersweet feeling of leaving a place we love mixed with the great anticipation for what the future holds.

So much has changed in the past eight years:

The Kent Campus Center has become Simpson’s great new living room, if you will, giving students a wonderful space to gather, study and visit.

The Blank Performing Arts Center expansion produced a jewel of an improved theatre, as well as modern teaching classrooms.

The Engaged Citizenship Curriculum was designed to equip students with the background and skills demanded in the 21st Century.

The John C. Culver Public Policy Center, the Iowa History Center, the Simpson Urban Studies Institute and the Center for Vocation and Integrative Learning all enhance the campus and provide more opportunities for students.

Improvements have been made at Bill Buxton Stadium, and the Cowles/Carse Fitness Center renovation is well underway.

We have expanded our geographical outreach, and we’ve taken great strides toward increasing diversity on campus. Both are absolutely essential to Simpson’s future.

These are a few of the highlights; many more could be included. As I reflect on these changes, I am reminded that they all were achieved by a team of determined people, working in concert to set Simpson College on a successful course for the future.

Thank you for being part of that team effort. It has been a joy, and a great honor, to watch all the great things that can be achieved when people unite behind a common and worthy goal.

Our seniors know that Simpson College will always be a part of their lives. Nancy and I know that as well. Thanks again for all you have done, and all you will continue to do.