Hello, everyone. I’m reaching out today with a very personal message.
I have enjoyed my 46-year career at Cal U, and it has been a privilege to serve as the seventh president of this wonderful University. But even good things must come to an end. Today, I’m officially announcing my retirement, effective January 29, 2021.
I’m looking forward to spending more time with my beautiful family and having the opportunity to travel and enjoy more personal time with my best friend and husband, Jeff.
It’s hard to say good-bye when our University, and our world, are facing such acute challenges. But I have always planned to depart on my own schedule. This winter, when I mark a milestone birthday, is the right time for me to begin a new chapter in my life.
It has been an honor working beside many of you, and a joy to interact with our students and watch them blossom. Over more than four decades I have come to know this University’s resilience, and I have seen firsthand the countless ways that Cal U changes lives, including my own. I feel blessed to have played a role in helping to move our University forward.
As I stated in my inaugural address, Cal U has introduced me to profound ideas and unforgettable people from all walks of life. I will leave with wonderful memories – and the confidence that Cal U has the strength to rise, boldly and proudly, to meet whatever the future may bring.
I thank you all for the faith you have shown in me, and for your countless contributions to our University. As I’ve said many times, this is a very special place – and it will always hold a special place in my heart.
Geraldine M. Jones