Author Archives: President Hancock

That Small Town Feeling

After listening to a presentation recently by author Heather Lende, I asked her why she doesn’t spend more time on the speaker’s tour, as her message is one that would resonate with communities like Methodist. The response from this Haines, … Continue reading

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“This is your cathedral”

“This is your cathedral.” The words still resonate with me like a fog lingering after dawn. Such was the statement made by a guide to the Methodist University Chorale during their tour of the Washington National Cathedral this past Friday. … Continue reading

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When a pool is more than a place to swim

This past week, I was fortunate to receive a presentation from a group of Leadership Fellows who have conducted a feasibility study for a pool at the University. While the students from the Lura S. Talley Center for Leadership Development … Continue reading

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2015: Building on a Culture of Excellence

When selecting an overarching theme for the new five-year plan for Methodist University, the Strategic Planning Committee’s consensus was “Building on a Culture of Excellence.” How could this group comprised of trustees, faculty, staff and students make such a bold … Continue reading

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Ethics Bowl 2015

“No matter how this competition ends, we just won.” This was the mutual agreement between our team advisor, Professor J.R. Hustwit and myself, after hearing the MU team’s argument in their contest against Wake Forest. This was part of the … Continue reading

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Out of India

We could have been at any college fair in the country. Tables were set up with representatives from various colleges and universities, with students and their families stopping at the tables with questions about entrance requirements, financial aid, and specific … Continue reading

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What’s Your Bandwidth?

If someone had asked me 20 years ago about a university’s bandwidth, I would have thought they were asking about the size of our marching band. Today, this question has a far different meaning, relating to the width of a … Continue reading

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A Shared Vision for Methodist

This past week, I convened the first meeting of the 39-member Strategic Planning Committee. Comprised of representatives from the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, students, and alumni, the group is charged with developing a bold new Strategic Plan for 2015-2020, … Continue reading

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Thanks for Taking a Chance on Me

Every student has a story. Earlier this week the First Lady and I hosted a group of students in our home for a picnic supper on our front lawn. As is customary after a student dinner, I like to ask … Continue reading

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Best Year Ever

This week marks the beginning of the new academic year at Methodist University, and the first thought that comes to mind is that this will be our Best Year Ever. There are so many ways to define “best” for a … Continue reading

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