Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A Letter to the MRI Community

It is not without a great deal of consideration and reflection that I am resigning from the position of systems administrator at MRI. My last day here will be Friday, October 2, 2009. I have accepted a position with the office of Security Operations and Services (SOS) within Penn State ITS, where the scope of my work will encompass the entire University community - a move that will certainly be challenging. However, I feel that it is a good move that will be beneficial to me and also to my family.

This is not a decision that I have taken lightly. Since arriving at MRI in 2005, the people here have come to be a second family to me, and that has made this decision all the more difficult to make. There are three members of the MRI family to whom I owe an enormous debt of gratitude: Dr. Susan Trolier-McKinstry, who first brought me to MRI as her staff assistant; Dan Lehman, who hired me as part of our fantastic IT team; and Bob Cornwall, who trusted me to expand my role on the IT team and administer MRI's networks and systems. Without these three people, I would never have known of the MRI community, never developed the working relationships here that have so enriched my life, and I would not be in a position to again move forward in my career.

While I will miss working closely with all of you at MRI, my new job will not completely keep me out-of-touch with you. At SOS, it will not be uncommon for me to be in contact with the IT team here, and whenever I have the opportunity to participate in security presentations involving MRI, I will most certainly jump at the chance. I will watch with great interest as MRI moves into the Millennium Science Complex, and will still feel a great sense of pride when I learn of new research coming out of MRI's labs.

Ironically, I will celebrate my fourth MRI anniversary on September 29th. The four years that I have spent here have been some of the best of my life. Thank you all for being part of it...

With best wishes to you all,
Paul Carlisle Kletchka