Humility, Not Hubris

A few weeks back, at a lecture at Azusa Pacific University’s High Sierra Basecamp, I had the opportunity to hear renowned Plato scholar Paul Woodruff speaking about reverence, leadership and the hubris—what used to be defined as “overweening pride,” and is perhaps better described as the arrogance—that leads us to think that we are always […]

The Call to Care–Creating a Culture of Care

One sleepy Sunday afternoon I was going about my business in the back yard and saw through the chain link fence that someone had apparently taken a spill on his bike and was lying on the ground. I called campus safety and while I waited for an officer I noticed at least four cars and […]

Perched on the Shoulders of Giants

“Bernard of Chartres used to compare us to dwarfs perched on the shoulders of giants. He pointed out that we see more and farther than our predecessors, not because we have keener vision or greater height, but because we are lifted up and borne aloft on their gigantic stature.” —John of Salisbury, Metalogicon 1159 To […]

The Power in YES

Philippians 4:8 New International Version (NIV): “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” There is untold power in the most lovely word, “Yes.” It affirms, deepens, encourages, rewards, inspires and just plain […]

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President’s Connections booklet

I hope you enjoy this collection of my writings in Connections during my first year in office, and it gives you some idea of where I see FPU headed. As we move forward, let us keep the words of Jesus in Matthew 26 in our minds and hearts: “For mortals it is impossible, but for […]

Persistence

Ultimately, who wins when retention is strong and students are graduating within four-six years? First to second year retention and persistence towards graduation are truly important issues that universities are struggling with and always trying to improve. Like many institutions, Fresno Pacific University employs many best practice initiatives that we feel strengthen our persistence efforts […]

Planted by the Water, Reaching Toward the Sun

Some time ago I was traveling through the Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix and had a bit of time to spare. Like many airports, this one has a chapel and I stopped in for a few moments. My attention was caught by an exhibit of weavings done by a nun, Sr. Jeanne Bartholomeaux. The display […]

Envisioning the Future Part II 2018-19

You have heard the adage by Benjamin Franklin: “those who fail to plan, plan to fail.” Functional plans keep us on target; they guide us to an outcome and provide a roadmap to what we hope to accomplish. Proverbs 3:5,6 encourages us to: “commit our plans to the Lord and he will direct our pathway.” […]

Service is Our Middle Name

When I came to what was then Fresno Pacific College as a student back in the late 1980s, registration was held out in the Special Events Center (SEC), where miles of cables had to be run and computer terminals had to be moved from individual offices across campus out to the SEC in order to […]