From: John A. Michelich
Affiliation: Class of 1974, Sigma Pi Fraternity
Congratulations on your inauguration as Wesleyan's 18th President. Having met you several times already, I know that you are the right man for the job. Illinois Wesleyan is fortunate to have you as President and I wish you all the best!. I look forward to seeing you this weekend at commencement ceremonies.
From: Jennifer Mele
Affiliation: Class of 2006
Congratulations and welcome to Illinois Wesleyan! We're glad to have you, and we appreciate your diligence and sincerity in getting to know the university and its students. Best wishes!
From: Jo Thomas and Bill Kelleher
Affiliation: Syracuse University
Illinois Wesleyan is so very fortunate to have you as President! Bill and I are thrilled that Nancy asked us to represent her and to represent Syracuse University at your inauguration. We wish you all the very best in the days and years to come!
Associate Chancellor, Syracuse University
Anthropology Professor, Syracuse University
From: Richard Mintel
Affiliation: University of Illinois
Tomorrow promises to be a great day for both you and Illinois Wesleyan. I feel honored to be able to participate in the ceremony. IWU could not have made a better choice, and I am so happy for you and Pat.
Dan Perrino wanted me to convey his regrets about not being able to attend. He must help some Urbana High School music students tomorrow because there was no other time that would work for them. But, having had such great benefit from Dan's attention as a high school student myself, I can only say that Dan has always put students first over the 50 years that I have known him, and we students are all better off as a result.
With my very best wishes to you and Pat.
From: Ann Harding
Affiliation: IWU staff
CP and I want to wish you and Pat all the best. We know that you will have a wonderful impact on the university and the people who work and learn here. The team is behind you Dick, let us know how we can help.
From: Alice and Bob Heath
Affiliation: IWU Classes of '49 and '52
Congratulations on your appointment and upcoming Inauguration this Saturday. We look forward to a continuing academic success in all schools at IWU and have many fond memories of our days there.
Not a month goes by, after all these years, but what some knowledge learned at IWU doesn't come back to enable us in whatever we are doing.
We are confident that you are the right person to continue such a tradition. Alice Fairchild Heath, '52 and Robert Winfield Heath '49. Rockford, Illinois
Affiliation: Development Office Staff Assistant to Lora Wey, Annual Fund Director
Congratulations, President Wilson, on your inauguration as Illinois Wesleyan's new president!
What an enriching experience the inauguration ceremonies and activities provide for the Bloomington-Normal community, the student body, and the faculty and staff of IWU. I find it a pleasure to know that the office of the President is just down the hall from the Development Office where I've worked for approximately four years, and that at any moment, you may come bounding down Holmes Hall to greet and say "Hi" to any/all of the staff you meet. How uplifting that gesture is for all of us who work with you!
Thank you for bringing your genuine style of "Presidency" to our work world. Your previous twelve months of work here have been a testimony that the entire campus, staff, and all persons concerned with the campus benefit from your presence here.
Have a wonderful Inauguration weekend with your family and colleagues!
From: Mike and Lauren Seeborg
Affiliation: IWU and State Farm Insurance
Lauren and I want to congratulate you on your early successes as President and to wish you the very best as you enjoy what promisses to be a wonderful inauguration week.
Mike and Lauren Seeborg
From: Jeffrey W. Gunn and Carlina Tapia-Ruano
Affiliation: IWU Class of 1977
We are delighted to be able to share with you in the celebration of your inaugruation at IWU. You have already demonstated your ablility to lead our institution with wisdom, foresight and great personal warmth. You have already become one of our faviorite Wesleyan Presidents.
We look forward to being with you soon.
From: Chet and Helen Sheldon.
Affiliation: Class of 1940
Greetings and congratulations to you and your family on your inauguration to the presidency of Illinois Wesleyan University. We have watched and participated in seeing iwu grow in campus size and academic prestige. Four of the five in our family are graduates. Welcome to you and your family!
From: James and Billie Jean Taylor
Affiliation: parents of a current freshman Elizabeth Taylor
Congratulations of being selected as president of IWU. You did great job of directing the band at the football game.