Saying Goodbye after 17 Great Years

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.

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3 Responses to Saying Goodbye after 17 Great Years

  1. Uncle Jeff says:

    I know how difficult this was for you bro, but you have nothing but support from your family! I know you will miss everyone but you will make new life-long friends at the new job because of the kind of person you are. I personally cannot wait until you, Rachael and my adorable nephew Spencer come back home! We love you Mike!

    Uncle Jeff

  2. Shaun says:

    Congrats on the move. While its sad to leave, you really need to applaud yourself for making that type of decision. Not many people actually make moves like that and for you to do it for the right reasons, I have huge respect for you. Best wishes on the new chapter of your life.

    • Mike Stanley says:

      Thanks, Shaun, I really appreciate your kind words. This wasn’t an easy decision for me to make and it isn’t an easy thing to do, but it’s the best thing for my boy and my family, so I’m doing it. Will be strange not working in higher education, though. :)

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