The Frye Leadership Institute's selection committee has completed its review of applications, and I am delighted to tell you that you have been selected to participate. [The] co-deans of the Institute look forward to working with you during the next year. Only about 18% of this year’s applicants were selected, so you are to be congratulated.
. . .The Institute’s formal session will be from June 4-16, 2006. . .
We also offer additional congratulations since you have been selected to receive a Mellon Foundation scholarship. This covers the cost of room and board, tuition, and one round-trip airfare to and from Atlanta. We are pleased we can make this scholarship package available to you.
This is good stuff. I was happy to be nominated (my boss and the university president nominated me) and even happier to go. Besides the two-week program, I have a year-long practicum project to complete. My proposal was a detailed examination of the intersection of the liberal arts and technology, but instead of the traditional focus of looking at how technology improves liberal arts education, I want to examine how the liberal arts should inform how I run and structure technology departments. I'm not sure what I'll end up with but it will probably be along these lines.
It's scary to think about the last 13 years of my life, and look back, and think I may have actually created a career instead of a series of jobs at the same place. Scarier still to look ahead and see it continue to grow.