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Message from the President

July 3, 2013

Dear Moravian Community,

It has truly been an honor to close out this week as Moravian College's new president. To return home, to return to serve your alma mater is truly humbling. I thank all of you for welcoming me home with such warmth and care.

During my many meetings this week, I have witnessed the dedication and passion that each of you share for Moravian and its students. We truly transform lives—each and everyday. I am so very proud of the work that you do.

Over the next few days, months, and years, we will continue to focus our energies on the type of active learning that has made Moravian great. Whether it is understanding and using technology, becoming more informed global citizens and community leaders, or becoming better critical thinkers and life-long learners, our students are looking to us to help them navigate the world they face. I think it is critically important that we provide our students with an outstanding liberal arts education combined with the skills and knowledge they will need to be successful in their chosen careers.

Our challenge is great—we are preparing many of our students for careers that do not currently exist or are changing very rapidly. We are also preparing students for lives where they will most likely have three to four different careers. This is why liberal arts education is more important today than ever before. It provides the students with the transferable skills that are needed in any career. By wrestling with the enduring questions of the humanities and arts, social and behavioral sciences, and mathematics and the natural sciences, students become proficient in the skills of inquiry and analysis, critical and creative thinking, written and oral communication, quantitative and qualitative analysis, and problem solving.

My hope is that their classrooms are filled with experiential and active learning that challenges them to think deeply and debate fervently--that all their programs require that they participate in an internship and in community activities to ground the theory into practice. I also hope that their co-curricular life builds on what they learn in the classroom; that they are challenged to be leaders who demonstrate outstanding ethics and values and that they are reflective upon their actions and the actions of others.

We learn by doing, and I think this is the hallmark of a great Moravian education.

I am honored to be here and to be working with each one of you. Let’s get started changing some lives.

Have a wonderful and safe fourth of July.