On this Thankful Thursday I am grateful for the contributions of David Dunlap to my life, David will retire tomorrow, May 31, after almost 30 years as director of Webster University in South Carolina. He started at the Charleston campus and guided the development of the state system. The Columbia, SC campus is now the largest campus outside St. Louis.– the home campus. David also directed the Leiden program in the Netherlands.

David is a native of Columbia, SC and received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Appalachian State. His doctorate was awarded by the University of Alabama — Roll Tide.

For several summers I taught a special course dealing with the not-for-profit sector of our economy. The class visited many agencies and/or the agency representatives came to the campus to speak. When the course ended, David invited all of those who had contributed their time to the class to a luncheon at the Harbor Club. His generosity created a great community bond with all those who participated. Thank you David for your leadership.

David Dunlap is a dedicated educator, a brilliant administrator, a visionary, a trusted colleague, and a valued friend. On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for the gifts that he brings to my life and I wish him a well deserved fantastic retirement.

Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to recognize the contributions of someone to our lives and to let her or him know of our gratitude. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter. You will be glad that you did.