I understand this issue has a good deal of space devoted to the time I have served as president. There is much to celebrate and I am grateful for the good progress that has been made. Over the past several years, I have considered when would be a good time to conclude my tenure and allow the college to transition to a new president. Time will tell if we got this close to right, but I am optimistic about the future.
Several recent successes and new initiatives now in the works can build momentum even during a transition. Last fall, we dedicated the new entry and renovated Northlawn Center for Performing Arts Education, which has proven to be a wonderful transformation to campus and the performing arts area.
We launched the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in the fall of 2015 and will launch the RN to BSN program in January 2017. We are also increasing our number of athletic options by adding men’s golf and a limited track program, along with increasing roster sizes. Along with enhancing our regional presence, we are expanding our international options as well.
Initiatives being developed include expansions in performing arts, aviation and the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) areas.
In the near future, we anticipate launching a capital campaign to address facility needs in nursing and athletics along with endowment funds for student scholarships.
Within, throughout and over all these initiatives is our continuing commitment to our mission to educate and nurture each student in Christ-centered community. We have included in this issue a brief document that outlines our Philosophy of Faith Formation that serves as an overarching approach.
So I am optimistic about the future. The leadership we have in place, our dedicated Board of Directors, the fine faculty and staff and the “cloud of witnesses” of alumni, donors and supporters allow me to leave with a sense of fulfillment and joy.
Thank you, faculty and staff, Board, pastors, alumni, financial supporters and all who hold this place in your thoughts and prayers. May God continue to do abundantly more than all we can ask or imagine.