Back on Wednesday Ancilla College, which is outside of Plymouth, Ind., issued a press release. I would call your attention to a few grafs buried in the middle:
College President Ron May announced his retirement, which becomes effective in June 2014. May, who became president in 2006, was asked to extend his contract for an additional year last year.
“It has been my very great honor to have served as President of Ancilla College since 2006. Much has been accomplished during these past few years. Much remains to be done as we continue to take steps to improve the programs and services offered to students of Ancilla College and to the community at large,” May said following the meeting.
“I am deeply grateful to the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, the Board of Trustees and to the faculty and staff of the college for entrusting me with this leadership role,” President May said.
As the denizens here well know, Ron May is a regular and highly valued presence on this blog. It’s an understatement to say he’s been a significant contributor.
In certain ways that you (or he) probably don’t grasp, Ron’s comments have influenced the things that I post. I’ve dialed stuff back (more often) or heated them up (less often) not because I want to please Ron, but because comments he’s made that have caused me to reflect.
Like most ADD-plagued extroverts, reflection is a chink in my armor. But that’s certainly not impenetrable, and somewhere Ron found the key. In understated but important ways this blog has been been better because of his participation.
Ron has worked in education — public and private — for 45 years. Against a small but growing tide of know-nothings who exult in their own stupidity (those are my words) Ron understands how important education remains in our society. As does Joan, his wife, an educator who retired this year.
We had a chance for a quick meet-and-great a couple of years ago, when they were visiting in this area.
Ron, please stick around. And Joan, please join the fray, if you can find the time.