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Letter From The President, Summer 2010 »

[23 Jul 2010 | No Comment | ]
Preparing Global Citizens

I am writing this column as I return from two days in Chicago where I serve
on the Board of Directors of IES Abroad, one of our nation’s finest study abroad
programs. Such meetings remind me of the importance of exposing
our students to the world beyond our national borders. I have seen firsthand
the transformative impact that study abroad can and does have on the
lives of our students.

Letter From The President, Spring 2010 »

[3 Jun 2010 | No Comment | ]
Magical Moments

As the year draws to a close, my thoughts turn toward Commencement – that magical day each year when we see our seniors cross the stage to receive their Wittenberg diplomas. In that moment, I wish I could have all alumni and friends of Wittenberg with me to marvel at the transformation that has occurred in the lives of each and every graduate. Like me, you would be reminded of the incredible difference our faculty and staff make in the lives of our young people – becoming their mentors, friends and yes, family. We change lives every day here, and the results of our collective efforts reveal themselves in what I like to call “magical moments” – those times that unquestionably affirm the enduring quality and value of a Wittenberg education. Commencement is one of those moments, but there are many, many others.

Fall 2009, Letter From The President »

[14 Dec 2009 | No Comment | ]

screen-shot-2009-12-17-at-32951-pmI have been in higher education for more than 25 years now, and i am amazed at the growing number of magazines, Web sites and publications providing rankings on America’s colleges and universities. Today, rankings can be found for almost…

Letter From The President, Summer 2009 »

[29 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
Finding the Passing Lane in the Midst of a Traffic Jam

As I begin my column for this summer’s magazine, I can’t help but think back one month to our Commencement and the profound emotions I felt watching our newest alumni cross the stage. That day always reminds me of the important work we do – transforming the lives of young people – and buoys my spirit even in the most challenging of times.

Letter From The President, Spring 2009 »

[1 May 2009 | No Comment | ]
Navigating Uncharted Waters Wittenberg, Our Students And The Economy

As I began to write this column, I found myself thinking about all that has happened since I last shared my thoughts with you in the alumni magazine. In just a few months, the world we live in has changed in ways few of us could have predicted, and we now find ourselves in what I cautiously describe as “uncharted waters.” We, quite frankly, live in a time that presents extraordinary challenges to all of us both as individuals and as a broader community. As members of the Wittenberg family, I imagine you are asking yourselves two fundamental questions: “How is Wittenberg faring in these uncertain economic times?” and “What can I do, as a member of this family, to help?” I know that each of you has been touched personally by the changing economy and so has Wittenberg. I suspect that most of you look at your 401k retirement accounts and shake your heads (just as I do).

Fall 2008, Letter From The President »

[2 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]
A New Chapter In A Time-Honored Story

Wittenberg has a rich history of connecting our students to the community we live in and to preparing them for lives of meaningful service nationally and in the broader world. We are one of only a handful of colleges that require our students to perform community service, a fact that has repeatedly been recognized by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. In addition, many Wittenberg graduates have gone on to highly successful careers in public service at the local, regional, state, national and international level. Others actively engage in equally important work as civic leaders, community organizers and volunteers.