My mascot wasn't tough enough

I rarely share personal news here, but since the word is starting to get out, I might as well publicly announce that I'm leaving the University of Minnesota. I accepted an offer from Iowa State University to be the coordinator of its Educational Administration program, effective this fall. My family and I will be making the move to Ames over the summer. We're excited about my professional opportunities and the chance to return to a classic Midwest college town.

Since most of you know me virtually, I'm sure you don't really care where I'm located! I'll update my Contact me link once I know my new contact information. For those of you who are concerned, CASTLE and all of my related online ventures will just travel with me to Iowa State.

Sorry, Gophers. Go Cyclones!

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