With snow on the ground and temperatures in the teens, I know I’m not in Texas anymore! Frostbite risk aside, at the end of my first full calendar year as a Michigander, I couldn’t be happier to be here. Throughout 2016, I’ve watched with pride as so many of you have continued to step up, go above and beyond the call of duty, and serve outside your formal roles to enrich our B&F community. For example, we have a new website and our first B&F DE&I Strategic Plan, thanks to the efforts of our communications and diversity committees – two of the many working groups comprised of volunteers from across B&F. I hope 2017 brings more opportunities for each of us to stretch, grow, and undertake the kind of cross-departmental work that is vital to our organization and our mission to Make Blue Go.
Many of you demonstrate a spirit of service in simple ways every day. Just a few weeks ago, I was walking on campus and noticed a young man go out of his way to pick up an empty water bottle left on the sidewalk and put it in the recycling bin. I was so struck by this random act of service that I walked over and thanked him. The young man was surprised that anyone would say anything about doing what he obviously felt was his responsibility to the community. But small actions matter, and thanking someone for doing the right thing can have a lasting impact because it reminds them that their actions make a positive difference to others. In this season of giving, I’d like to thank you for all the ways, big and small, that you contribute to making B&F a great place to work.
As I head to the airport to join my family in Texas for the holidays, I want to wish all the best to you and yours. I hope you have a wonderful and safe winter break. I really enjoy hearing from you, so if you have input or ideas, please feel free to email me with comments or questions, or use this link.
See you in the New Year!
Kevin P. Hegarty
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
University of Michigan