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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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It’s a Wonderful Life

One of my favorite movies of the holiday season is “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The lead character, portrayed by Jimmy Stewart, faces life’s disappointments regarding fame and fortune, only to find in the end that life’s real treasure is best realized … Continue reading

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An Environment of Care

This week, we dedicated the new building for our Professional Nursing Studies Program. What an amazing facility with all of its latest technology and state-of-the-art equipment in a simulation hospital that would be the envy of any medical facility in … Continue reading

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Best Year Ever

Was it 1974 (the year I finished college)? Was it 1975 (the year I married Deborah Weaver)? Was it 1976, 1978, 1981, 1983, or 1985 (the years our children were born)? Was it 2011 (the year I became president of … Continue reading

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A Letter to Dr. Neatrour

Note: Dr. Elizabeth Neatrour was Professor of Russian at James Madison University. She opened my eyes to a world that this first generation kid from Southside Virginia didn’t know existed, including two study abroad experiences to Russia that she led … Continue reading

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Matt’s Journey

This weekend I head to Traverse City, Michigan, for the wedding of my son, Matthew.  It will be a grand occasion that will bring the entire family together in celebration of this event. Those who know me understand how close I … Continue reading

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