God is doing a new thing…now what do we do?

A couple of weeks ago I was honored to speak at the FPU Biblical Seminary’s chapel, on the topic of the title of this post. Here a slightly briefer version of the meditation. I hope it will afford you a glimpse into what we are doing here and thinking about. I offer a homily from […]

Mastery and Gift

I was asked to speak at the MA in Leadership/MBA Graduate dinner for the School of Business Dinner last week. There are many such events near commencement as programs and schools celebrate the success of their students. It gave me a chance to think about what it means to have a “masters” degree. I like […]

Leadership Qualities

I am in San Antonio, Texas, this weekend at a conference of the Council for Independent Colleges (CIC), the annual gathering of “Chief Academic Officers.” I have been before, and looked forward to coming. It is one of the best professional development opportunities for academic leaders in independent, non-profit institutions I have come across. The […]

Board Meeting, Fall 2012

I am sitting in a meeting of the FPU Board of Trustees, yesterday afternoon and this Saturday morning, our third for the year and our first with our new President, Dr. Pete Menjares. The discussion has been at times fairly intense, wonderfully good humored and forward thinking. Right now they are discussing admissions standards for […]

Board Meetings

A couple of years ago I wrote in this blog from a meeting of the FPU Board of Trustees. They are at it again, here at our fall Board meeting. The administration is here as a resource for the board which is charged with guiding the university and has the responsibility to be the steward […]

A New Year Begins

There is a lot to do to get an academic year going. Our regular/traditional semester begins next week, Aug. 29, for undergrads, graduate students and the seminary. But most of our fall Degree Completion cohorts started at the beginning of August, and Degree Completion students working on the general education and other requirements can start […]

Education, Religion and Crime

The most recent (Aug/Sept 2011) edition of First Things (which I heartily recommend) had a couple of articles that shed light on the practical benefits of education within a religious institution, and on higher education today, two subjects I spend much of my time thinking about. You might expect this from a journal the central […]

Provost?

I’ve been serving as “Interim” Provost for the last six months, and have at least a year to go in my term. As with any interim position, my special role is to get things ready for a long-term Provost—resolve outstanding problems, make sure some needed basic policies and practices are in place, and keep some […]