My plans

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Chip German

Feb 9, 2021, 10:59:15 AM2/9/21
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Dear APTrust Community:

I hope that all of you, plus your families and colleagues, have been well and that you’ve endured the last year with your optimism about the future intact.  Some of you know about my topic for today, but I realize that I should talk about this with all of you:  it is time for me to retire.  I’ll be 69 in July, APTrust is in superb shape, and I’m still both healthy and curious.  So, I’ll be putting in my papers in the next few days to declare a retirement date in mid-May.  I’ve got some leave built up, so I will be able to slow my schedule down well in advance of that date (so I can plan what I’ll be doing as a retiree).

As most of you know, since 2014 50 percent of my job has been APTrust and 50 percent of my job has been various roles in the UVA Library.  I’ve been talking for a long time about a retirement plan with my UVA boss, library dean John Unsworth, and for a shorter time with APTrust board chair Winston Tabb.  I finally settled on the timeline in the last month or so and told them and the rest of the board about it.

Winston, John and the board began then discussing what’s next in APTrust terms, and they will let you know more when the plans are firm, but I can tell you that everything they’ve been able to share with me gives me great confidence in APTrust’s future.  You know me well enough to know that I don’t make such a statement lightly.

My purpose in writing you about this is to make sure that you know that this is a happy event for me, even if it is one of mixed emotions.  I think I’ve concluded each one of our in-person meetings and a few of the virtual ones with an emotional statement about how much I love this community and my friendship with all of you.  Nothing will change about that, and I’ll “stop by” as long as I don’t get in the way of the work or the spirit of APTrust.  No need for goodbyes at the moment, though--for today I’m just alerting you about my plan.  Stay well!


R. F. (Chip) German Jr.
Program Director
Academic Preservation Trust (University of Virginia Library)

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