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President's Blog

Welcome to my personal blog. Those of us in the academic environment are expected to do some thinking and writing, so I humbly offer my thoughts in a format that gives us a unique communication opportunity. While I do not pretend that my insight is all that special, I do have the perspective of one who is privileged to lead a growing higher education institution and engaged with many local and national organizations.

It is my hope that this blog will encourage you to share your thoughts as well. A significant aspect of any blog is response, and I will be appreciative of your contribution to our conversation. After many years in the field of conflict management, I strongly believe that dialogue—even among those who may not see the world the same way—is the key to building great communities.

I appreciate your interest and engagement!

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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During the university’s first chapel of the school year, I joined a long list of well-known people around the globe who are taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. In the last two weeks, the Ice Bucket Challenge has quite literally “soaked” the nation. Everyone from Ethel Kennedy to Justin Timberlake has poured a bucket of ice water over his or her head. This month, the ALS Association, a national nonprofit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease,...

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Coach Don Meyer Remembered

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Sunday, Lipscomb University hosted a memorial service for Coach Don Meyer, who died of cancer May 18 at age 69. Coach Meyer created his collegiate basketball legacy during his 24 years as “Coach” at Lipscomb with a 1986 national championship and 12 other trips to the national tournament. At Lipscomb he coached John Pierce and Philip Hutcheson, who still hold the record for all-time scoring leaders in the history of college basketball, and hundreds of...

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Education Changes Expectations

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There has been a lot of media attention recently for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announced proposal to provide college classes to inmates while in prison. As a university president and a former law professor, I agree with the governor that education is a good investment in our neighbors and fellow human beings, and an effective method of addressing the problem of ex-offenders re-entering society. A recent RAND Corporation report states that inmates who participate...

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Remembering America's Tuning Fork

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Recently, as I took an early morning look at my i-Phone, I read the news flash that Pete Seeger had died. Most of the almost six thousand students I work with at Lipscomb University will have never heard of Pete Seeger—even though the news of his passing at age 94 may have flashed on their phones as well. But, even not knowing him, many students would have appreciated the spirit of his music and perhaps...

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Thank you, Mr. President.

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One could have been impressed with many aspects of President Barack Obama’s visit to Nashville last week. The security that is ever-present for a presidential visit, the students from McGavock High School who greeted him and hosted the event, the obvious pride of our community as he visited our city for the first time since his election six years ago and the energy that the president himself displayed during his brief appearance in Middle Tennessee....

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