It is with mixed feelings that I write to you today.
I write to announce my resignation as Executive Director of the Boniuk Center. My last day at the Center will be June 30th.
When Dr. Carol Quillen invited me to join her in being the first wave of leadership for the Center in 2004, I knew that it would be about a 5-year position for me before I would need to step aside to let the second wave of leaders take the Center to its next level of development. I am in the eighth month of my fifth year at the Center, and that time has come. The University administration is in the process of appointing an Acting Director for the upcoming school year, during which a more formal search for an Executive Director will be launched after a period of strategic planning.
I cannot express how much my time at the Center has meant to me, both personally and professionally. I have met so many wonderful people - here in Houston and all over the world. I have been given such great opportunities, and have learned so much. The staff at the Center - B.J., Von, Cal, the students - are some of the smartest, most committed people I've ever known, and I am so honored to have worked with them. I am proud of what we accomplished together. I am deeply grateful, and feel so blessed.
I will remain affiliated with the Department of Religious Studies at Rice, so you may still contact me at my Rice email address. I will continue to write a blog for the Houston Chronicle and will stay involved in the leadership of the Amazing Faiths Project. Finally, you may always reach me and keep up with what I'm doing at my website (www.jillcarroll.com) which I will be updating significantly in the weeks to come.
Thank you for all the support you have given me these last few years. Most importantly, thank you for your commitment to creating a culture of tolerance, respect and compassion in Houston and beyond.
Dr. Jill Carroll