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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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A ‘Military Friendly’ University … It’s More than a Tagline

Over the past 48 hours, Methodist University has received a great deal of publicity for its announcement to provide free classes to soldiers at our Ft. Bragg location in response to the elimination of Military Tuition Assistance (TA) offered to … Continue reading

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A Happy Anniversary to the President Who Has the Best Job in America

Today marks my second anniversary as president of Methodist University. What a wonderful ride it has been. I pinch myself each morning and think about how blessed I am to have a wonderful family, good health, and the Best Job … Continue reading

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Supporting a Student’s Faith Journey

Last Sunday, Debbie and I had the opportunity to visit the First United Methodist Church of Cary (FUMC) as the guests of University Trustee Rev. Dr. Carl Frazier, and his wife, Mary Ellen. Joining us were University Chaplain Mike Safley, and … Continue reading

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It’s Personal

A great deal of my time is spent working with my colleagues here on campus to identify ways we can increase student success. There are many retention activities under way— all designed to deliver a personalized approach to issues facing our … Continue reading

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New Year’s Resolutions

We all make them—promises we make to ourselves of things we plan to improve during the coming year. However, we are more likely to keep those promises if we share them with others. I remember in January 2005 I made … Continue reading

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