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First Letter to the Transylvania Community

This letter was sent to all members of the Transylvania community on August 2, 2010.

Dear members of the Transylvania community:

On my first day as president of Transylvania University, I want you to know how truly excited and honored I am to take the helm at Kentucky’s first college.

When I consider the heritage of Transylvania as the 16th college in the nation and the first to be established west of the Allegheny Mountains, I am simply in awe of all that has gone on before me at this university. With your help, I believe we can take Transylvania to new heights and honor the work of all Pioneers who have preceded us.

I want to pay particular tribute to Charles L. Shearer, now president emeritus, a man who devoted 31 years of his life to Transylvania. President Shearer’s great accomplishment was to breathe life into a college that was struggling with a low enrollment, a minimal endowment, and a lack of continuity in the president’s office. As he left office, he received the widespread accolades appropriate to a person who had led the university to unprecedented levels of success. I am immensely impressed with, and grateful for, Charles’s many accomplishments, and I hope to build upon them to reach ever higher for the good of this revered institution.

It is so great to be here in Lexington and on the campus of Transylvania. I can feel the energy abounding from all across campus. I look forward to getting to know each of you as we work together to create a new era in Transylvania’s distinguished history.

My very best wishes,
R. Owen Williams

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