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winter 2018
President Nayef Samhat recognized David Beacham ’77, senior vice president for administration, for 40 years of service to the college during the Faculty-Staff Appreciation Dinner.

Message from the president

Celebrating new beginnings

At Wofford, every academic year starts and ends with a beginning. Students who just months earlier graduated from high school come to Wofford to begin college. At the end of the academic year, students who already have spent four years preparing for life after Wofford begin the next leg of their journey with Commencement.

Beginnings are exciting, but they also often bring change, uncertainty and angst. This issue of Wofford Today is all about new beginnings, but it’s also about reassurances that whether first-year student, graduating senior or anyone in between, Wofford offers support through people and programs to help ease transitions and promote success. Alumni play a vital role in this process — returning to campus to speak or network with students, hiring Wofford student interns, making gifts to The Wofford Fund or the endowment, promoting Wofford’s distinctive educational experience in their communities and even attending Wofford arts or athletics events.

With Commencement now a fond memory and the next beginning only a few months away, I invite each of you to consider how you can engage more deeply with the Wofford community. We need your involvement and look forward to seeing what you have to share.

Go, Terriers!

Nayef H. Samhat

11th president of Wofford College