Was Wright Forced Out?

A reader, smelling something amiss, writes in:

In his Community Letter of February 28, 2007, President James Wright wrote:

Some people have claimed that one of the new trustee’s assignments will be to elect the next president. This statement will likely prove to be correct—someday. For now though, to paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of my retirement are premature. While I may look my age, I am not yet ready to act it. In my thirty-eighth year at Dartmouth, I have things yet to do and I enjoy immensely doing them. So let us hold off on the transition planning.

The latest edition of the Alumni Magazine [not online] contains an interview with Jim Wright concerning his announced retirement only eleven months after he wrote the above. Some notable quotes:

“I’ve got the best job in the world right now.”

“You know, the interesting thing is that we haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about what we’re going to do next.”

“I have health. I have energy. I enjoy immensely what I do.”

“I”m not running away from anything, I’m reluctantly stepping back.”

Does this sound like a man who is voluntarily retiring?