Words from Wood-Mar
"We produce graduates who will serve our nation, the world, and the Christian church."
It doesn’t take university presidents long to discover that there are really few different speeches to speak or articles to write. The themes are the same and the trick is to use enough different words that it appears to be new.
At George Fox University the main (maybe the only) theme is that we offer students high-quality, Christ-centered higher education. Our historic mission is “to demonstrate the meaning of Jesus Christ by offering a caring educational community in which each individual may achieve the highest intellectual and personal growth, and by participating responsibly in our world’s concerns.” Jesus Christ is pervasive at George Fox — in the classroom, the laboratory, the residence hall, the playing field, the theatre, and the music hall. Jesus is relevant everywhere.
To support this main theme, my speeches and writing have required secondary themes. Education has never been inexpensive, and access is difficult for some groups of people. George Fox University needs financial support to carry out this important mission. As high as tuition is, we have significant discounts for those who are academically capable, but unable to pay our cost. Buildings and capital equipment are essential for high-quality education, and tuition is not designed to address such expenses. So your support is essential to carrying out our mission.
In my final column, I simply repeat what I’ve been trying to say for nine years. We produce graduates who will serve our nation, the world, and the Christian church. We produce graduates who will provide visible as well as behind-the-scenes leadership for our society. I ask you to be engaged with us in this process. We need your prayers and your financial support to be successful.
After nine years, I have come to love this university. I am grateful to the board of trustees for my designation as president emeritus. I will wear that title with great pride and look forward to watching this university continue to grow and mature as it carries out its mission under Robin Baker’s leadership. Robin will need your continuing help as he leads the university into the future. Maybe the only thing we know about the future of George Fox is that the university will continue to face challenges of various kinds. I have full confidence that Robin and Ruth Baker will provide the right leadership. Be sure to encourage them with your ongoing prayers and gifts. Melva and I intend to continue to support Robin and Ruth and the university in prayer and with our finances.
Thank you for your love and support during my tenure as president of the university.
Dr. David Brandt