By Sue Weitz
Fall 2010 Semester at Sea is such a favorite memory for me because of the strong administrative team and community built on the voyage. This community was largely due to Dr. David Gies, aka Dean David.
David and I had never met or actually even heard of one another prior to our voyage. When he heard he was going to be a co-dean with a student development professional, I think he was ready to resign. He seemed to have a lack of confidence in people holding such positions. To his credit, he reached out to me by email…he sent no message, just a picture of his dog, Chico. “Alright,” I thought. “A dog lover; this man must be OK!”
David, welcome to your new club: retirement. I know you still have much to contribute to the world, so only consider this a UVA retirement. Know that I look forward to seeing your next adventures. I honestly believe you are a faculty member who educates the whole person, educating the mind and the heart. Academic to your core, you have the chops of a student development professional in there, too. Welcome to that club, as well!
Congratulations on your retirement, Dean David. May your next chapter be filled with many voyages of discovery!