A letter to all I know

Many of you already know about the changes happening in the office of Advancement. Others have heard me share the challenges that come with being a fundraiser in the current economy. It had recently become apparent that I would be unable to continue in my position which I held for 2 years. As of Wednesday, June 24th I no longer work for my alma mater.

While the decisions that led to my current state were, at the very least, disappointing, I will always be a vocal proponent of all things red and black, and thank the University for the opportunities it has given me over the past two years. I have met entrepreneurs who have created wealth from merely an idea of what they wanted to accomplish, and the determination to see their work to its conclusion. I have worked beside brilliant academics, recognized experts in their field, who are called all over the planet to speak to people who think an hour listening to them will make them a better person. I have met students whose lives have been radically changed by education and philanthropy. Students short on both income and knowledge of business have been turned into industry leaders by our College, supported by its donors. Those who know me well know that I was never exaggerating when I referred to my work as “inspirational.”

I have learned a great deal over the past 2 years about who I was, and who I wanted to become. I will miss my former colleagues but enjoy knowing they are diligently doing some of the most important work on this planet. Caitlan and I have some major decisions to make about the course of our lives, and we appreciate the support of our family and friends as we deal with these sudden changes.

Thank you all,

Kyle

3 comments

  1. Joan · June 26, 2009

    What a wonderfully written sentiment. I vote for you!

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  2. Bruce Willoughby · July 2, 2009

    Sorry to hear about your change in career, Kyle. Whether I ‘deserved’ to lose an opportunity or not, I always felt that losing a job was as big a learning opportunity as the job itself, if not bigger, and that is was definitely the universe’s way of telling me I ought to be doing something else. I’m sure better things are in store for you!

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  3. Elaine · July 14, 2009

    Kyle I see this as an huge opportunity for you to figure out what you really want to do. You were a great development officer but I do not think that was what you aspired to be your lifelong career. You have sooo much potential to do something even bigger and better. Although, you will truly be missed, I am excited about what is yet to come and I am sure your future will be bright and full of great opportunities.

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