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Great Expectations

As we prepare to celebrate the success of 210 Methodist University students earning a degree at our Winter Commencement this weekend, I am reminded of the words of encouragement we offer students when they began their Methodist experience. We challenge them … Continue reading

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Are You Going to Sing the Alma Mater?

A University is and should be defined by its people. On many occasions, I have emphasized how “signature people” are the ones who insist upon excellence and will settle for nothing less, especially at a place they love.   Dr. … Continue reading

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Best Homecoming Weekend Ever

There were so many things about Methodist’s recent Homecoming and Parents’ Weekend that made it special. Clearly, the record numbers in attendance for our football and soccer victories contributed to the successful weekend. Having so many alumni and parents on … Continue reading

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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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