Today, Jack Carney, the chancellor at Missouri University of Science and Technology (where I work), announced that he was retiring from that position on Aug. 31.
I’m thrilled for Jack. He’s worked hard in his six-year tenure at Missouri S&T, leading our campus through a major transformation on many levels. He busted up silos by eliminating the three schools and college, led a university name change and rebranding initiative to bring our mission into sharper focus, and in general put the university on sturdier footing than it was when he arrived in 2005. He’s more than earned retirement and time to play with his four grandchildren.
When a leader of that magnitude departs, the absence will be notable. That void hasn’t been felt yet — we have another seven-plus months before his last day, and most of us on campus are still absorbing the news — but soon we’ll start to see it manifest.
I’ve loved working under the leadership and vision of Jack Carney. I’ve learned a lot from him, and I’m going to miss him. But it’s time for him to spend time with his grandkids. They’ll undoubtedly learn a lot from him, too.