Affirming Our Vision

In his book The Dying of the Light, James Burtchaell traces the history of higher education’s relationship with the church. He documents the transition of disengagement over time, revealing the subtle acceptance of faith integration as anti-intellectual. In another discourse, George Marsden in The Soul of the American University examines the once pervasive guidance of […]

President's Connections Booklet cover

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 […]

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.” […]

Possible Happens Here through Faith, Hope and Love

“We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ” (I Thessalonians 1:3). As we embark on another year in our journey of possibilities, this prayer in I Thessalonians is very appropriate in our intercessions for […]

Presidential Priorities Report

In mid-August the FPU President’s Cabinet and President’s Council will convene in retreat to review our progress on the strategic priorities of the 2017-18 academic year. We use this time for coordination and planning and to establish priorities for the 2018-19 academic year. Priorities do not discount all the work we do institutionally but allow […]

The Challenge of Leadership

I heard or read somewhere years ago a statement that has remained with me: “everyone who wants to be a leader doesn’t want to lead.” So many of us want to be in the position, but do not want the responsibilities. We covet the perceived prestige, title and benefits because of how the position might […]

To Serve or Be Served?

Each day most of us unconsciously question ourselves whether we should serve or be served. We are seldom aware of this dialogue, but our thought patterns and actions reveal what lingers in our hearts. We regularly affirm our commitment to service. Here at FPU our mission includes the language of preparing students for “leadership and […]

Living Under the Bond of Peace

“Me” or “We” With God When asked about the time of his coming and the end of the age, Jesus described a future of utter chaos. Wars and rumors of wars, nation against nation; hearts would grow cold, despite an increase in knowledge (Matthew 25). As humans we have always talked about peace, but seldom […]