Whenever somebody resigns, or does something out of the ordinary, the president at our institution always sends out an email that begins
It is with extremely mixed emotions that I announce the resignation of so-and-so. He's leaving to go do another job Z at institute W.
I am kind of confused by this kind of statement from a higher up. What does it mean?
I imagine one of the following:
- "I didn't really like him, so it's kinda good he left. Anyway best of luck to him."
- "Always hated him".
Why do people phrase resignation announcements like this, and what are the goals with the ambiguity (in writing "mixed emotions", but without elaborating)?