Dear Members and Friends of The College Music Society:
I offer greetings from Missoula on this first day of my full-time service in the position of executive director. As CMS President Keith Ward noted in his July message, this is a time of significant change—certainly for the organization and me. Undoubtedly, many of you are navigating changes of your own this summer, and I hope they are bringing you as much personal and professional invigoration as this time has brought me. It is now just one month since I moved out of my office on the Appalachian State University campus, in effect leaving my life as an academic, at least one with a direct singular tie to a university or college. For the first time since 1976, I no longer have a valid campus identification card.