Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Sayaka Miki officially retires as university vice-chancellor

Sayaka Miki officially retires as university vice-chancellor

By Natsumi Koshigaya
The Daily Magi
January 10, 2061

After years upon years of leading Mitakihara University by example, Sayaka Miki is retiring from her post as vice-chancellor to return to her private practice as a consultant and realtor. A humbled, yet unbroken Miki held an official press conference today at 12 p.m. PT at Tsukino Centre, surrounded by the entire Kaname family as well as the top administrators of the school including university chancellor Dr. Homura Akemi, who has no plans to step down from her position.

"You know what they say: all good things must come to an end," said Miki, trying to hold back tears. "This experience I had, being an athletic director and then a university administrator, was an adventure that saw myself grow as a person. I leave 50 years of experience as my legacy and contribution to this awesome school.

"This is where many people from around their forge their dreams, from royals to the common man. They use hope and turn it into goals, objectives, plans, action, initiative and success. Many have delivered in athletics, while many more have been successful academically. We remain part of the gold standard of research institutions and it's a reputation that I hope to see build and build upon itself.

"I don't believe I have anything left to prove as a part of this university. I will leave the keys of the office to the next person willing to take the challenge."

That person is Hozuki Ferrari, a part-Italian, part-Japanese prodigy and a direct descendant of the great Galileo Galilei. A recent immigrant to Canada, she and her future husband Theo Escher were taken in by the Kaname family and are expected to be naturalized within the next few years. For the time being, Ms. Ferrari is the vice-chancellor in name only but will be given limited roles over the course of nine years. This means that Dr. Akemi's role as chancellor will include some roles of vice-chancellor, although the opinions of Ms. Ferrari will be taken into consideration in regards to decisions concerning Mitakihara University. Ms. Ferrari will be introduced as the next vice-chancellor on Feb. 22, 2061.

"I have strong confidence that Hozuki will do a great job in the long run in terms of leading this institution," Miki said. "She may be young and underqualified at this point, but she is a prodigy exhibits the type of ambition and willingness to go the extra mile. She loves Canada, she loves this city and she loves this university and will do whatever she can to make the students proud because she's going to be one of them as well. The future of Madoka is bright, and Hozuki will lead the way."

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