As you probably already know, we lost President Matt Branam this spring. Although we still mourn the passing of our friend and leader, life goes on; the education of our students goes on; and planning for our future goes on … because it must.

In my role as Interim President, I will advance The "Great" Debate through its next stage-drafting the strategic plan for the future of our school.

As I review plans, make decisions and sign approvals, my hand is guided naturally by the consideration of, what would my predecessors do here? However, more importantly, I ask: What is best for our students? In addition, I have the vast experience of my Cabinet and the wise counsel of our Trustees.

In short, I want to assure you that "Dear Old Rose" is in good hands. I am surrounded by a world-class team that includes the brightest academic, administrative, scientific and engineering minds in the world.

What is a Legacy?

As Matt reminded us, "You can't take it with you, but you can change the future with what you leave behind." Matt Branam influenced the future of the institute in a very short period of time. The changes he implemented will improve the education of our students and enhance their lives on campus.

Throughout The "Great" Debate, we shared an important fact with alumni and friends: Rose-Hulman is doing very well. We attract some of the brightest students in the world. We're preparing to welcome this fall the largest freshman class in our history. We've earned stellar reviews, won great accolades and competitions, and delivered on our promise to provide the world's best undergraduate science, engineering, and math education. Our students graduate with job offers and starting salaries that rank among the top 10 colleges in the country.

Let me explain our greater goal. It has to do with the