Author Archives: President Hancock

A Trip to the Governor’s Mansion

Last week, the Methodist University Women’s Golf Team was invited to the Governor’s Mansion to meet with Governor Beverly Perdue as she recognized their 2012 NCAA Division III National Championship – their 15th in a row. It was a privilege to … Continue reading

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The Next Phase of the Master Plan Begins

As I sit in my office in Horner Administration Building, I can hear the sounds of construction, as crews begin their work in installing the new “streetscape” that will run the length of the campus that borders Ramsey Street. A … Continue reading

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100 Partnerships

During my Opening Convocation remarks this week, I talked about the importance of partnerships to the community and to the University. These partnerships will help us deliver on the promise to provide an exceptional educational experience to each MU student. … Continue reading

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Eleven Reasons I Have the Best Job in America

I have started a list of positive things that are happening at Methodist, and the list is growing so quickly that I decided to share a number of them at one time, creating a “top eleven list.” 11.  I saw … Continue reading

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When a “B” Stands for Excellence

Here at Methodist, we talk a great deal about our culture of excellence. In fact, this is articulated as Goal #1 in the 2010-2015 Strategic Plan. Throughout the past year, I have promoted this “culture of excellence” theme by talking about … Continue reading

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Good Neighbors Make Better Fences

In his famous poem, The Mending Wall, Robert Frost coins the phrase “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors.” This phrase is often used to suggest that the best relationship between neighbors is a fence that clearly defines their shared border. It has … Continue reading

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An Olympic Moment

One of the Hancock family traditions is to attend the Olympics every two years. So, faithful to that tradition, we were in London earlier this week. Our family has expanded since the first trip to Barcelona in 1992, but one … Continue reading

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A President’s Commitment to Wellness

Today I am announcing my training for the October 7 Chicago Marathon. I do this not only to emphasize my commitment to wellness, but also to launch a University‑wide emphasis on wellness. Why should this be important to me, and … Continue reading

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Service Above Self

  One of my “guiding principles” that has served me well over the years is “there is no limit to what one can accomplish if he (or she) doesn’t care who gets the credit.” This is particularly true of MU’s … Continue reading

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An Evening Walk Around the Campus

As I was taking an evening walk recently with our golden retriever, Annie, it struck me how fortunate we are to have such a splendid campus with its well-kept facilities and natural beauty. We are so close to the center of … Continue reading

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