The University of Oregon has provided a wonderful intellectual and professional home for me over the past eight years. I owe it and all of you very much. I hope to honor that debt in part as a member of the UO senate. Our university faces many challenges and pressures, from degree completion rates to providing robust support for research in all areas to the apportionment of our resources among units. We also have many opportunities. The senate has a vital say in how our institution and community respond to these pressures and opportunities alike. I would love to contribute to the senate’s efforts to address these issues and think that I can do so in a way that is principled as well as “collegial and consultative.” Thank you!