I haven’t mentioned my employer by name on my blog, mainly to make it clear that when I express opinions about things, I’m only speaking for myself. I’m going to break with that habit today, because I did one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done in my professional life a few weeks ago – I handed in my resignation letter.
I’ve had the pleasure to work at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville full-time for 17 years, and even longer if you count my time as a student worker. Along the way I met my wife-to-be, earned a couple of bachelors degrees (Latin and English Creative Writing), and found myself, quite by accident, beginning a career in IT and working with some truly wonderful people.
I started writing a long (even for me) tale describing my professional history at UT, but rather than publish that, I’m just going to say thank you to all of the fine coworkers and management I’ve worked with for the last 17 years.
So why am I leaving a place I love after so long? My wife and I had our first child this year and we’re going to be moving back to my hometown of Nashville so my boy can grow up with his grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins nearby. I’ve accepted a position with an awesome company back home.
I’ve been lucky enough to work with so many great people at the university, and I will miss them.