Monday, June 8, I start a new job, and a new chapter in the lives of my family.
I am the new Director of IT at Yeshivah of Flatbush, in Brooklyn, NY.
If I were to choose a “next step” that is as different from where I am today, as could be imagined, I would be hard pressed to do so.
Moving from the South to the North. Moving from a town of 60,000 to a city of 8.4 million (about 4 times the size of the entire state of Arkansas, my current domicile). From the Bible Belt, to the Big Apple.
Transportation. Museums. Dining. Sports. Entertainment. Culture. In many respects, it will be the equivalent to living on an entirely different planet.
Leaving Conway will, however, be extremely bittersweet. The friends and colleagues we leave behind will be missed terribly. I can say without hint of reservation that my time at Hendrix College was – professionally – my most productive. A person could have done much worse. And I’m grateful for the opportunities we had here.
We’re looking forward to our new life, in a new city, with new friends, new colleagues, and many, many, new experiences to come.
The next two weeks will be spent shaking a lot of hands, learning new names and faces, and coordinating a move halfway across the country. Some goodbyes. Some tears. And of course, looking for a great neighborhood, and a new home.
Not farewell. But so long.