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Dean's Corner

By Elizabeth H. Simmons, August 8, 2017

Dear LBC Colleagues,

There is going to be a transition in the leadership of Lyman Briggs College this fall. I am leaving MSU to assume the role of Executive Vice Chancellor—Academic Affairs at the University of California, San Diego, effective in mid-September. It has been my great privilege to serve as the leader of Lyman Briggs for the last fourteen years. Stepping out of the now-familiar dean's role and embarking on a new adventure is admittedly exciting—but this is also a profoundly bittersweet moment for me.

Being part of this college has shown me what an academic community ought to strive for: to be broadly inclusive, focused on student learning, and open to many forms of scholarship. It has taught me that nurturing an inquisitive spirit starts with understanding that true experiments sometimes yield unexpected, even unfavorable, outcomes—and that these should inspire evidence-led introspection, mentoring, and a fresh start. It has demonstrated the power of collaboration among faculty, staff, and students from many backgrounds and areas of focus. And it has revealed just how crucial community members' investment in supporting the success of one another's ventures can be.

The generosity, creativity, and dedication to learning that I have found here have been tremendously inspiring. I have enjoyed working with all of you—especially during our many spirited discussions about the future of the college and the best pathways by which to reach it.

I will forever be grateful for having had the opportunity to be your colleague. And I hope that we can find ways to build educational and scholarly collaborations between these two great public research institutions.

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Simmons' signature

EH Simmons
Dean, Lyman Briggs College
University Distinguished Professor of Physics



 

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