President Durden sends a unique invitation to graduating seniors.
November 13, 2012
"I know most of you by sight and a good many by name," President Durden's invitation says, "but I would really appreciate the opportunity to sit down with each of you one-on-one or in a small group to get to know you better and talk about the future."
During the final year of his Dickinson presidency, William G. Durden '71 has sent out an innovative farewell invitation to the class of 2013. It begins, "As most of you know, I shall be 'graduating' with your class. As part of my transition out of the presidency, I would like to spend some of my time doing what I like best—spending time with you talking about issues that matter."
The e-mail goes on to ask interested students to schedule 30-minute talks in Durden's office to discuss Dickinson, consider the future and gain some valuable career advice from someone whose professional leadership experience spans higher education, the nonprofit sector, the military, government and the corporate world. The first to take him up on the offer was Justin Farrell '13, a history major.
"The meeting was phenomenal and a great opportunity to talk about my experience with President Durden," Farrell says. "I spoke about all the opportunities this school has given me and how I will always look back on my four years here as some of the greatest years of my life."
Durden also opens the door to some interesting dialogue, saying to students, "Maybe you can offer me some advice also, as my plans are unformed!"