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President Abare recognized during monthly Faculty Senate meeting

Feb 9, 2017

Flagler College faculty members expressed their gratitude for President William T. Abare, Jr.’s “tireless and single-minded dedication” to the college on Wednesday, during the monthly Faculty Senate meeting. The resolution, which was proposed in light of Abare’s forthcoming retirement, was approved unanimously by senators.

Faculty members recalled fondly the president’s impact on their experiences at the college and, in particular, noted his integral role in launching and supporting the creation of Flagler’s Faculty Senate, a legislative body for the institution. Dr. Art Vanden Houten, associate professor of Political Science, shared the memory of learning the president’s decision to move forward with its establishment.

“President Abare said, ‘It’s time to open a dramatic new chapter in the history of college and begin an era of shared governance,’” Vanden Houten said. The president, he added, helped steer and support the new entity through its various stages.

“What was essential to me was his effort to compromise, to find common ground and to launch a visionary enterprise,” Vanden Houten said.

Other faculty members attested to Abare’s graciousness over the years, and to his honesty.

“He always led us with grace and dignity,” said Dr. Wayne Riggs, Associate Professor and chair of the Humanities Department. “There were 62 faculty members when he began his tenure. There are 110 now. For many of us sitting here, we are here because of President Abare’s leadership. There are big shoes to fill.”

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