I am truly excited and honored to fill this role. It is a great department in a great university. The job position is a very nice fit for me given my background and interests and represents a big step forward for me professionally.
I'll take a big step forward personally, too. I have always been a child of the Rockies, one who loves the West. Trail running, hiking, climbing mountains, fly fishing, snowshoeing, you name it. Fort Collins is near all of this. I am also situated roughly an hour north of Denver, so now I will be able to easily check out an art museum from time to time, try different restaurants, catch a Broncos game, and even harass local bar patrons with my guitar and voice at a wide-array of open mic nights :-)
To me, it is about never backing down from risk, always living and dreaming big, and moving forward, constantly driving and pushing towards the summit.
I will forever be grateful for all that has been afforded to me at West Virginia University. I have worked with some outstanding colleagues writing papers and grants, and been honored to have taught students who have touched my soul and will always be a part of me. There will be friendships I have made that will now enter into a different phase due to the geographic distance introduced. Please know I will always remember this university, this town, our chance to share this time together with fondness.
So, I am now moving towards something, not running from something. If by chance, you are driving through the area, and need a place to stay, then please call me. We will take a few hours to drive over to Leadville, sip a hot drink at the local coffee shop, gazing out over the mountains, and smile together. Until then ...