Greg Caldwell to retire in May.
Greg Caldwell, Associate Dean of Students and Director of International Students and Scholars, will retire from the College at the end of May 2011. Caldwell has served Lewis & Clark international students and TCKs for more than 35 years.
Below is the announcement sent to students in early December.
Dear International Students and TCKs,
I want you to know that I have made a difficult personal decision about my retirement from Lewis & Clark. I think you should hear the facts directly from me rather than via an announcement on the website or through a whispered conversation. I will retire from Lewis & Clark on May 31, 2011.
I have worked at Lewis & Clark for approximately 35 years. I have enjoyed every minute of it, especially my interactions with our international students and TCKs. I had always thought about retiring at 62 (my age now), the age at which my father retired, but I had not taken concrete steps to do so. Earlier this fall I traveled to Korea and China and had a wonderful trip with an old Peace Corps friend. He and his wife retired last year and love it. My friend encouraged me repeatedly that I should “give retirement a try.” My father also encouraged me to take some time off to be with him. So, I spoke with my financial advisor who calculated that I could retire at the end of the academic year. For these reasons, and a few others, I made my decision.
While I will miss many things about my work, and while I admit that I still need to prepare myself emotionally for my new role as “retiree,” I think the decision is a good one and I am happy with it. But, I will definitely miss working with you.
After I retire, I plan to remain at my home in Portland. I hope to work on my house, travel a bit, and, perhaps, remain involved with TCK research and issues. I also plan to stay connected with the L&C community, volunteering occasionally, attending the international fair and graduations, and doing what I can to support our international students and TCKs.
The next six months will go by quickly, yet there is still a lot of work to do. I ask for your support and guidance during this time as Brian, Carolyn and I do our best to serve you.