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President's Reflection

  • 'A Time of Transition on Life's Journey'

    Reflections on stepping down as Gannon’s president

    Dr. Taylor

    Dear Gannon family,

    The opening of a new academic year is always a time of transition and opportunity to take stock in our journey to this place in time and to look forward to what adventures lie ahead. This year will be a particularly special one of transition for me as I will step down as president on June 30, 2023. These 18 years of service as a member of the Gannon Community have been an incredible privilege. My six years as provost and what will be 12 years as your president have truly been life changing for me and for the Taylor family. I have been blessed to personally experience the transformation we seek in our students, in ourselves, and in those around us. 

    When I drove from Buffalo, N.Y., on a cold winter January evening in 2005 to interview for the provost position, I had no more knowledge of Gannon University than what I could find on the website. Upon arrival, I found and fell in love with an amazing Gannon community and that short drive “south” has forever changed my life. You have inspired me to listen, learn and expand my perspectives; to be authentic, engaged and intentional in our work together; to plan, imagine, and make our ideas reality; and to deepen my faith and my commitment to serve others.

    It is you who make Gannon the exceptional university it has been, it is, and the one it is becoming. Our students provide incredible energy, passion and hope that keeps us going. The faculty bring innovation, initiative, and dedication to their teaching, scholarly work and their engagement with our students and communities we serve. Our staff and administration have tirelessly and selflessly shown their creativity, resilience, and dedication through what has been a tumultuous time in our world. And our trustees, alumni, and partners have been steadfast in their leadership and support every step along this tremendous journey.  I could not be more proud to be part of this university.

    It is how we have worked together and the culture of respect and shared purpose that I am most proud of. We have unwaveringly lifted each other during very difficult times and collectively celebrated our achievements with pride and humility. Our university is on a healthy path and it is this culture and purpose and a committed community of learners who will lead Gannon University to an even brighter future.

    With this, it seems like the right time for me to step aside from what has been a role of a lifetime. I will continue to serve Gannon for the next several years in developing initiatives and projects to meet our students’ and our community’s needs. For now, we all still have lots of work to do this year in achieving the ambitious goals we have set for ourselves.

    Mary and I, and our children have been blessed by the welcome and the ongoing warm embrace we have felt during our time here. We look forward to many more years making Gannon better together.

    Forever grateful,

    Dr. Taylor Signature

    Keith Taylor, Ph.D.