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I’m Not Supposed to Be Here

Every student has a story. All you have to do is ask. One of my favorite things to do each day is to eat in the dining hall with the students. Usually (and much to their initial chagrin) I will … Continue reading

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Game Day

There is something special about a Saturday in September on a university campus. Such was the case this past weekend when MU hosted its home opener in football, along with soccer matches for our women’s and men’s teams. The campus … Continue reading

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It’s People That Matter

During my time as Methodist’s president, I have often remarked that a “culture of excellence” is best ensured by the acts of signature people. This has never been more true as we begin the fall semester. During New Student Orientation … Continue reading

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A Monarch Heart

Earlier this summer, Debbie and I joined University Chaplain and Vice President Mike Safley on an extraordinary trip to Thailand. Two years in the making, we were not disappointed in any aspect of the journey. Many members of the Methodist … Continue reading

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There’s Something Going On Behind That Wall

I have been delighted by the many comments the University has received from community people, alumni, parents, students, employees, and visitors about the new brick wall and banners that are visible along Ramsey Street. These streetscape improvements have “dressed up … Continue reading

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40 under Forty: Our Community’s Succession Plan

This past Friday night I had the honor of attending and speaking at The Fayetteville Observer’s annual “40 Under Forty” dinner held at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden. Among the 40 honorees were six individuals with Methodist University degrees, including … Continue reading

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Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things

I had a dream the other night, and while I usually don’t remember them, one phrase stood out: “Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things.” In this instance “ordinary people” refers to “every day people” as opposed to those possessing certain advantages above … Continue reading

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A Global View

I spent part of last week meeting with members of our faculty and staff, discussing ways we can expand international experiences for our students. I was impressed with the level of interest these individuals displayed, as they understand how important … Continue reading

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“26.2”

I’ve run a marathon. The exhilarating feeling you have when you see that finish line in front of you—the sense of accomplishment that you have met a remarkable personal goal. The last thing that is on your mind is that … Continue reading

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Leadership and the Journey of MU Students

Over the past two weeks, I have had the privilege of meeting with two of our outstanding student leadership groups on campus: the inaugural class of 41 Leadership Fellows, sponsored by the Lura Tally Center for Leadership Development, and Student … Continue reading

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