And to think that the best is yet to be

This week marks six months that I have had the privilege of serving as Methodist University’s president. To sum it up in a few words, it has been an amazing experience that has far exceeded my expectations! With each passing day, the people associated with the University impress me with their hard work, commitment, and love of the institution. 

Let me give just a few examples of the great community members whom I refer to as our “signature people.”  At a special lunch today, we recognized the many contributions of our maintenance and housekeeping staff who worked long hours throughout the summer to have our academic buildings, residence halls, and grounds ready for the opening of the fall semester. I heard so many positive comments from students and their families and from faculty—all appreciative of the work that had transpired and the many improvements to the campus.

Another example is our Student Development and Services staff members, who have put so much effort into the fall opening. Not only did they schedule so many excellent programs for students and their families for orientation, but they continue to add activities as we start the year—all designed to engage students and help them feel part of the Methodist community. Their care in the selection and diversity of the programs is evident.

Finally, I would like to thank the staff in the Enrollment Services division who have brought us such a fine class of entering students, and worked diligently to make it possible for them to enroll and flourish here at Methodist. I don’t know how they could have done a better job of bringing in what looks like another record enrollment.  Well done.

I like to say that I have the best job in America. If the truth be told, it is because of the dedication of our employees who think they have the best job that leads me to this belief. What a wonderful message to share with our students, who undoubtedly feel that they are among the best students in America!

And to think that the best is yet to be.

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