August 7, 2011 was a sad day in the history of the Bauer College. Arthur Warga, who served as dean of the college for almost ten years from 2001 to 2011, passed away after a valiant battle with cancer.
In many ways, Arthur could very well have said what Winston Churchill said –
History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
Arthur Warga made history and he certainly wrote an important part of the history of the Bauer College. Whether it was building nationally ranked programs, or attracting the best researchers, whether it was investing in student services, or growing the Bauer Honors program, he was, as I often reminded him, easily satisfied with the very best.
I was privileged to have worked with him as a colleague, a co-author, a boss, a mentor, and in many ways he was like an older sibling I never had. Arthur taught us to dream and dare, to dream bold dreams and to dare big challenges and to accept nothing but the best.
Those of us that knew him well knew that to Arthur it was never about him or about individuals, rather it was about the institution, fancy titles fade away and what really matters is learning, who really matter are students. If we can allow this thought to inform our actions going forward, then I know we will honor Arthur Warga’s legacy and everything he lived for.