In the next forty-eight hours, I will begin the formal process of saying goodbye to my many wonderful colleagues at Rutgers-Camden, fly to England, and meet old friends and new at the Women in Magazines conference. Then, it’s off to the University of Winchester to spend some time with colleagues at the Centre for the History of Women’s Education, then on to Geneva for another conference. Once I return, I have only two more days at Rutgers-Camden, before I begin my new position as Dean of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies at Arcadia University.
Packing up an office one has occupied for many years is challenging, especially when one’s life is taken up with books and papers. But today’s efforts brought a laugh as I was reminded of how we used to practice history in the old days. I found a big stack of index cards, color-coded no less, filled with research notes. And a pouch filled with dimes, to be used for the microfilm copier.
It’s very hard to leave a job you love and I will miss my friends and colleagues dreadfully. I am wistful about leaving at the same time as I am excited about my new position. I don’t want to try to list all the people who have made a difference in my time at Rutgers-Camden, as it would be an endless list. But one person deserves special mention — Margaret Marsh, who served the campus as Dean, then Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and as Interim Chancellor for the campus. I have learned so much from Margaret, about being a boss, being a scholar, and being a leader, and I am very grateful that she brought me to Rutgers-Camden some thirteen years ago.
So, as I begin this whirlwind of change, all that remains is to thank everyone who has been part of my journey and hope that we will stay in touch. Let me close with some advice from Mary Lyon, the founder of Mount Holyoke College, which I have tried to follow: “Go where no one else will go, do what no one else will do.”