As many of you know, I will soon be leaving the University of Arizona to become the Dean of the James L Winkle College of Pharmacy at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Daniel Derksen, a friend and colleague, will replace me as the Director of the Center for Rural Health. I know that he will do a superb job of leading the Center and ensuring that the mission of the Center is achieved –“to improve the health and wellness of Arizona’s rural populations.” He has a wealth of experience in, and a passion for, rural health issues.
So, this will be my last contribution to this blog, Arizona Ruralways. I created this blog shortly after my arrival in Arizona as a vehicle to communicate, on an informal basis, the activities of our Center and rural health issues and topics. Several faculty, staff and students of the Center have also contributed to this blog making it the Center’s blog, rather than just my blog.
The name of the blog is a play on words, of course, on that venerable publication, Arizona Highways. I enjoy reading that magazine and the looking at the incredible photography of Arizona. After reading an issue, I often want to go for a drive and to see in person the wonderful places described and shown in the magazine.
So, continuing with the Arizona Highways analogy, it is time to change drivers and to let a new driver direct the Center. While I am excited about my new career opportunity, I am sad to let go of the wheel. It has been an amazing journey during my time here. I have met so many wonderful individuals and I have really enjoyed getting to know rural Arizona. I am confident that as the new driver of the Center for Rural Health, Dr. Derksen, will take the Center on new roads and new discoveries will be made.