To all my colleagues in the English Department:
Just a (very quick) note of sincerest thanks for all your support and hard work these past seven years, while I have served as chairman.
The one thing that, I hope, I have reiterated enough to our new chairman is that one of the real joys of his duties will be realizing what a remarkable group of dedicated, talented, and giving professionals his work will be supporting – not to mention the great support he will receive from you.
Continue your excellent work and have a great year!
Needless to say, I’m still around (Willard 329).
Many thanks again!
Your friend and colleague,