But things have not been quiet. In fact, the past month counts as among the most hectic periods of my life. I’ll have to go back and blog my thoughts on Northern Voice, my first STLHE conference, and other things that have been bubbling away… But for once I’ll get to the point and share the biggest personal news first.
After a decade at The University of British Columbia, I am taking off to accept the newly-created position of “Director of Innovation” at Thompson Rivers University. I start the new gig in August.
This was an unbelievably difficult decision that has played out over the past few months. UBC is deservedly renowned as a world class institution, and I have been fortunate to work with some of the most gifted people imaginable. Many of them have become true friends. I’m treated very well here, the support and understanding I’ve gotten from my employers through this process has been amazing. And I think I’ve made it clear what a delightful home the Republic of East Van has been to our family over the years. We’ve made and solidified friendships that we will always treasure. Many times through this process I have asked myself, “how could I ever leave this?”
This was the first job I applied for since I started at UBC. The opportunity to focus on innovation (although I confess to ambivalence on how that term is applied in education) caught my attention, as did the focus on “open” in the job posting. I decided to approach the interviews as honestly as I could, to describe the innovations and approaches I believed were needed, not what I thought the committee wanted to hear. The interviews evidently went well, and as I’ve spoken to more people at TRU I’ve become truly excited by the possibilities.
Over the next few weeks I hope to blog some reflections about my decade at UBC (maybe get at a few of the many notable episodes that I neglected to blog at the time), and begin to speculate on what I might actually try to do at TRU. During my interview, I said that the greatest attribute I bring to my job is the expertise and perspectives of my network, and I will need to tap that wealth of knowledge in the new gig.
In the meantime, we have a move to make. If anyone has a line, contacts or tips on finding a good rental property near Kamloops (we are hoping to try living in the beautiful countryside), please (PLEASE!) be in touch…