Announcing the 2014 IWU World Changer


It is my pleasure to announce that Elizabeth Hanford Dole, former United States Senator, Secretary of Transportation, Secretary of Labor, President of the American Red Cross and founder of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, has accepted our invitation to enter the IWU Society of World Changers as our 2014 inductee.

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Leadership Lessons from the End of the Bench


Last week I had the privilege of serving as Honorary Coach for the IWU Men’s Basketball Team during the last home game of the season. It was Senior Night, when we recognized three outstanding young men who will graduate this spring.

It was great fun to interact with the team, and intriguing to watch Coach Tonagel and his staff work.

Like many people who enjoy team sports, I’ve always been intrigued with great coaches.

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Principled Service

Last year the IWU Executive Council adopted an email protocol in which, among other things, we committed not to send each other work-related emails from 6:00 pm on Friday to 6:00 pm on Sunday.  We weren’t sure how this would work, or if it would really make much difference in our work culture.  After six months, it’s clear that this protocol has made a positive impact.  We have had to be flexible when weekend duties have required communication between us, but none of us would want to go back to our old ways. During the recent Executive Council planning retreat, I asked Keith Newman (CEO for Residential Education) to help us develop a broader set of commitments we could make to each other as IWU’s senior administrative team.  We used an excellent document created by the Southern Ohio Medical Center (Portsmouth, Ohio) as our point of departure.  Our document borrows

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Nine Ways to Make the World a Better Place


Several years ago I had the privilege of helping to prepare the university I served then to host a visit from a group of young gay rights activists. We immersed ourselves in Biblical studies, read the relevant psychological and sociological literature, discussed the issue at length with colleagues, and listened to the many convictions and opinions offered by the members of our community.

The visit was not easy for us or for our visitors. They were visiting us, after all, expressly for the purpose of asking us to change our views and our policies.

But it was worth the effort.

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A Living Hope


One of my goals for the Christmas break was to spend more time in reading, reflection, and prayer. The frenetic pace we keep makes it hard for me to find as much time as I’d like for quiet reflection and prayer.

Heading into the break I felt that I needed more time to reflect on this journey that we began six months ago. Thankfully the break was restful and invigorating. I hope it was for you too.

Towards the end of the break I had one of those special experiences where it seems that God speaks so clearly to your mind it is as though you are having a chat over a cup of coffee.

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Hoosier 10K: A Low-Debt Pathway for Indiana Students with High Financial Needs

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Shortly after I became president, I embarked on a listening tour that lasted most of the summer. During that tour I spent time with our residential campus enrollment counselors who work directly with prospective IWU students and their families.

They told me stories of students who want to come to IWU, and whose families want their students to come here, but who cannot close the gap between their aid and the cost to attend. Many students who do attend will take on more debt than we or they would like, and too many are forced to turn away from IWU simply because they can’t make up the gap.

This should not be.

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Shining Like Stars (Part 2 of 2)

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When God makes us holy people, God challenges and transforms every aspect of our lives, including our ways of presenting ourselves, the entertainment we seek, the themes and ideas with which we fill our minds, the respect and civility we offer to others.

This is the conversation we want our students to have about their choices of entertainment.

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Shining Like Stars (Part 1 of 2)


(This is part one of a two-part series.)

Last month the IWU Residential Education Cabinet changed two policies that articulate student dress and entertainment standards on our Marion campus.

The “sound bite” version of the change: we removed the specific prohibition against R-rated movies and M-rated games, emphasized language that prohibits entertainments that include such things as pornography and gratuitous violence, and simplified the language regarding appropriate dress standards.

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