June 30, 2014
This is my 584th and last Tulane Talk as Tulane's 14th President. Thank you for allowing me into your email life all of these years with my streams of consciousness and notes covering myriad topics ranging from the personal to the mission critical.
Alex the Parrot, Baby Briscoe, Gibson and my friend Bobby Boudreau were some of the many wonderful characters who inspired these weekly messages. They were welcome leaven for painful and tragic topics like the 9/11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill in the Gulf.
I could always tell when one of my messages struck a chord by the volume of replies I received. I read every one of those replies and tried to respond to as many as I could.
Looking back on it now, I know each one of your replies — even the occasionally snide or nasty ones — were made in the spirit of caring. Margie and I love all of you as we love Tulane University and New Orleans.
We will truly miss our regular interactions and being a part of your lives. Fortunately, we have 16 wonderful years of memories and experiences to sustain us in the years ahead. As many of you know, we will continue to be Tulanians and New Orleanians.
After some time off, I will continue my efforts with K-12 education and Opportunity Youth, return to the classroom and pursue additional research and writing projects.
We are all very fortunate to have Michael Fitts as our 15th president. I wish Mike much success in his tenure, and I know you all join Margie and me in welcoming him and his family to the extraordinary, worldwide Tulane community. Enjoy your summer, and I hope to see you at the opening of Yulman Stadium on September 6.
With gratitude, admiration and affection,
Scott and Margie
Office of the President Emeritus, 1555 Poydras St, Suite 700, New Orleans, LA 70112 504-274-3638 firstname.lastname@example.org