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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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Chicago Marathon

Weeks ago I made a decision to participate in the Chicago Marathon this weekend. What started as a father-son experience (my fleet-footed son, Ben III, joined me but finished way earlier) turned into much more, as I decided to use this … Continue reading

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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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