Yesterday, I bid farewell to my department director. After a turbulent year, she has moved on to other opportunities.
The turbulence was not of her own making. This ship was deep into turbulent seas well before she came aboard.
Despite the many challenges and setbacks, she rallied the troops and gave us a sense of stability. During her farewell party, I gave the following speech:
I will never forget ….
The way you became our department champion when it seemed like all was lost
The confidence and stability your provided
The confirmation that you noticed our efforts and they were appreciated
- The honesty
- The candor
- The strength
You are a leader that I admire and will always remember for your grace and steel under pressure.
You are an example of fine leadership, and for that I thank you.
Most importantly, with my gift wrapping cut from this morning, I have officially bled, sweated and cried for you.
Farewell and I wish you all the best.