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Published in Honors in Practice, Volume 6. Copyright 2010 National Collegiate Honors Council


I was the founding director of the honors program at Angelo State University. Our program started off in a small room in our library back in 2001 with seventeen students. Since then, the program has grown to approximately 150 students with a 2,000-square-foot lounge. Additionally, we received a $250,000 donation for programming and scholarships. After seven years as Director, in 2007 I began to contemplate the possibility of stepping down, and at the start of the fall 2008 semester I made the difficult decision so that I could devote more time to my scholarly endeavors. In retrospect, I wish that I had had some of the insight I am providing in this essay, and I hope that I can help others who are contemplating a move, permanent or temporary, out of honors.