Paving the Way for the Future
Heartfelt thanks to all alumni, parents and friends of the University who
made 2006-2007 quite possibly the most successful year ever.
Lawrence J. Winston ’60
Chair, St. Lawrence University Board of Trustees
The annual Report of Appreciation is an occasion for us all to reflect
on the generosity and commitment of Laurentians everywhere. This
issue offers us that same opportunity, and I begin with heartfelt thanks
to all alumni, parents and friends of the University who made 2006-2007
quite possibly the most successful year ever. As your chair of the
Board of Trustees, I am humbly indebted to you for your conviction that
St. Lawrence is a place worthy of your devotion, your gifts and your faith. Thank
I wish to use this page to call out early thanks to two Laurentians,
and to apprise all who care about St. Lawrence that we are
beginning an orderly and transparent leadership transition.
F. Sullivan in a variety of venues for several months has spoken
informally, but with characteristic candor, about his plans
to retire on June 30, 2009. On
October 10, I shared with the campus community that that is
indeed his intention in a plan that he and we on the Board of Trustees
had been discussing for some months. Therefore,
I’d like to communicate the appreciation we as the Board of Trustees
feel for Dan and Ann Sullivan’s immeasurable contributions to the
University, and the plan for identifying the next St. Lawrence
As you know, Dan Sullivan began his tenure as our
of his own alma mater—on July 1, 1996. In recent years, trustees
have come to call this past decade the “St. Lawrence Renaissance” because,
working together, we truly have brought great new life to this
place we love so much. He’s the first person among us to see
and articulate the goals and challenges we still have, but
what others see is 11 years of transforming accomplishment.
goal always has been to make the student experience as academically
demanding, as inspiring, as serious of purpose, as the very best students
would expect of us while also focusing holistically on the full residential
and co-curricular student experience and its impact on students’ overall
development. His work with every constituency group has kept students
and their education as the central focus. He has urged his
colleagues on the faculty and staff to consider their work
as a vocation, with the dedication, the focus and the energy that the word “vocation” implies. Ann
and Dan Sullivan together have themselves been dedicated, focused
and tirelessly energetic in their vocation with us. Their home
has become a place of real community, and their travels have brought them
to Laurentians throughout the world. As a team, there has been none
better and both deserve our deepest thanks.
There will, of course,
be a time to be more detailed about all of this as we get closer
to an actual transition, and there is work to do to fill big
let me describe for you the major features of the search process
we will undertake, a first communication of many in what I and the board
intend to be an inclusive process.
Trustee Barry Phelps ’69 has agreed
to chair the Search Committee, and I express my thanks to him for what
will be a very important and intensive assignment. The Search Committee
will include faculty, administrators, students and alumni. We plan to have
committee formed in the spring semester.
We will work with a professional search consultant to build
the pool of candidates; the work of the consultant and search
committee will ramp up to full effort during the spring 2008
semester. By the
middle or end of the fall 2008 semester the committee will
narrow its focus to one or more finalists who will visit campus for an
intensive engagement with us.
It’s our plan for the board to
name a new president in the late fall of 2008 or early 2009, and President
Sullivan will work with his successor, and with my own successor as chair
of the board, Donald Rose ’64,
to achieve a smooth and effective June 30, 2009, transition.
Please know that we will keep you apprised as the search progresses.
Please join the Board of Trustees, and all Laurentians, in this
first expression of gratitude to Dan and Ann Sullivan. May I close
by saying the greatest tribute that any one us can pay to them for their
years of dedication will be our abiding commitment to St. Lawrence, and our
pledge to work with the University’s faculty and leadership in the
next decade to continue the forward momentum that the Sullivans
Assembled in the Student Center are the University’s
trustees. From left to right, seated, are Joseph P. Richardson ’63,
Katy B. MacKay ’70, Richard Young ’40 (emeritus),
President Daniel F. Sullivan ’65, Chair Lawrence
J. Winston ’60 and Karen Weir Wachtmeister. Standing,
row one, are Susan MacDonald Johnson ’66, Mary
Fishel Bijur ’65, Janet K. Langlois ’71,
Sharee M. Freeman ’76, Jo Ann Campbell ’86, Elinor
Tatum ’93, Karen Diesl Bruett ’66, Marion
Roach Smith ’77, Melissa Wilson MacGregor ’98,
Carol Pratt Hecklinger ’64 and Richard F. Brush ’52
(emeritus). Row two, Gregory C. Ferrero ’84, Richard
S. Robie Jr. ’54 (emeritus), Denise M. Durant ’97, Sarah
Johnson Redlich ’82, Donald K. Rose ’64, R.
Sheldon Johnson ’68, Geoffrey E. Molson ’92,
Allan P. Newell, George N. Cochran, Patrick D.
Martin ’75 and Barry Phelps ’69. Row three,
James B. Brush ’77, Jeffery H. Boyd ’78,
David B. Laird Jr. ’65, John P. Loughlin ’79,
Kenneth O. Okoth ’01, Derrick H. Pitts ’78,
Dekkers L. Davidson ’78, John Dwight, Andre Couture ’82,
Peter F. Hunt ’75, David L. Torrey ’53 (emeritus)
and Bruce W. Benedict ’60 (emeritus).