I want to congratulate the winners of last week’s election. I also wanted to thank everyone who voted and those who worked so hard to support my campaign. I wanted to share with you the speech I made Friday at the board of trustees meeting.
I want to thank Penn State and all the people associated with the university and this board who have given to me such an incredible experience and so many great memories over the past 57 years. Penn State has given me a terrific education, meteorology and business insights and ideas, new frontiers, three degrees, the opportunity to teach for 21 years, do thousands of television presentation, do and supervise research in meteorology, and receive the mentorship that allowed me to create AccuWeather; and, of course, to serve for 33 years on this board.
Thanks to the alumni for electing me 11 times and to those who supported me this year. Thanks also to my family and friends for their cherished support.
It has been an honor to meet so many smart and dedicated people, to make good friends, to learn and to appreciate the pleasure of giving as well as receiving. Those of you who know me, I hope appreciate the fact that a road less traveled is the legacy I hope I have left behind, and to me, as (Robert) Frost said, “It made all the difference.”
My final message to all of you is to not allow public opinions, agendas or politicians to sway you from guiding this institution away from its cherished and sacred purpose of educating the sons and daughters of Pennsylvanians and Americans and now increasingly the world, as well as contributing to society’s good and continually pushing back the frontiers of knowledge.
In this regard, we are entering a new age of extremely rapid change, and many of these changes will force upon Penn State new directions that we may not be prepared for nor ready to easily accept, but we as individuals and as an institution must figure out how to embrace such rapid change and grow as the world changes faster than ever before, from a whirlwind of new technology and challenges that will remake teaching, learning and research processes.
Penn State has demonstrated over the past three years it has a culture of tremendous resiliency, adaptability and the foresight to do the right thing, so I am optimistic that the faculty, the students, the administration and this board will ensure that Penn State is not only a survivor but a leader in the new world of rapidly changing education, learning and research processes that will be increasingly thrust upon us. And never forget, as Dr. (Rodney) Erickson told us last evening, it is all about the student.
In closing, let me say that serving in this board has been an incredible experience for me. I have greatly appreciated the opportunity over these 33 years to have contributed in some ways to the betterment of this great, great university. I wish this board all the best.