Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Presenting at the Executive Leadership Academy

Today I had the pleasure once again (for the seventh year) of conducting a workshop for aspiring college presidents at the Executive Leadership Academy, sponsored by the American Academic Leadership Institute, the Council of Independent Colleges, and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. My presentation, "Planning the First 100 Days," shared insight on navigating the months leading up to a college presidency, as well as the first critical days in office. Pictured with Patricia Hammer, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Hollins University, one of 40 participants in the year-long higher ed leadership program.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Fun Times at “FanFest With the Champs"

So fun to celebrate our repeat NCAA Division III national softball champions last night at “FanFest With the Champs" at Shorebreak in Virginia Beach! Stay tuned for details on additional opportunities to celebrate with the team in coming months.

Developing the Whole Student: Cultivating vs. Credentialing

Part of my job is to make sure Virginia Wesleyan University students are truly learning, not just working toward credentials. Thanks to Education Dive for asking me to weigh in on this topic in this new video segment.

Presidents address a central question in higher education: How can leaders ensure students are learning?


Nota Bene: Much to Celebrate

Go Marlins! A fun evening was had by all last night as we celebrated our repeat NCAA Division III national softball champions at “FanFest With the Champs." Several of our award-winning players and coaches joined us for the event at Shorebreak Pizza—a Virginia Wesleyan favorite co-owned by VWU alumnus JB Maas ’01— and many guests posed for photo ops with the 2017 and 2018 championship trophies. Special thanks to our Alumni Relations staff for organizing this memorable event. We will have many more opportunities to celebrate the team in coming months, and I will be sure to share event details.

The Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church will hold its Annual Conference this weekend at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. I look forward to the annual Presidents' Breakfast as well as a presentation by the Association of Educational Institutions, a group I am honored to chair. We'll once again host a luncheon during the meeting for attending clergy members who are VWU alumni, and on Saturday evening, Dr. Bryson Mortensen will lead the Wesleyan Chorale in a special performance during a Service for the Ordering of Ministry. The opportunity to perform during the conference is a great honor, and we are proud that our talented choir has been selected for this occasion.

I’ll travel to Washington, D.C., early next week for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) State Leaders Summit. As a member of the USGLC’s Virginia Advisory Committee, I am proud to work alongside the organization to further educate the American public and policymakers on the importance of investing in diplomacy, development, and defense in building a strategic, modern foreign policy.

If you are on campus this summer, you may have noticed that structural work—funded by a private donor—has begun on the Bell Tower. The 44-year-old tower, deteriorating in recent years, is scheduled for complete restoration and renovation by the end of September.

After a soggy spring on campus, we are back on track for an early 2019 opening of the Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center. As always, I invite you to follow the building’s progress on our live construction cam.

Wishing you a safe and relaxing weekend and a productive week ahead.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Structural Work Begins on the Bell Tower

Structural work began this week on the Bell Tower in front of Monumental Chapel at Virginia Wesleyan University. The 44-year-old tower, deteriorating in recent years, is scheduled for complete restoration and renovation by the end of September. The restoration is being funded by a private donor.

Monday, June 11, 2018

VWU Faculty Focus: June 2018

Read up on the latest accomplishments by Virginia Wesleyan University faculty and staff in this month's VWU Faculty Focus: https://conta.cc/2JviqV4

Saturday, June 9, 2018

VFIC Board of Trustees Reception and Dinner

With longtime friends, Ken and Sheila Garren, at tonight’s VFIC Board of Trustees reception and dinner at Rubino’s in Hot Springs, VA. Ken is in his 17th year as President of the University of Lynchburg.

Great Visit With Nancy Oliver Gray

Wonderful to visit with good friend and long-time presidential colleague Nancy Oliver Gray at last night’s VFIC Board of Trustees reception and dinner at The Homestead in Hot Springs, VA. Nancy was the long-time successful President of Hollins University until her retirement last year.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Provost O'Rourke Leads VFIC Panel

VWU Provost and Vice President Tim O’Rourke leading a panel discussion titled “Academic Trends and Challenges at Independent Colleges” at the annual meeting of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges Board of Trustees at The Homestead in Hot Springs, VA. Other panelists: Jeff Legro, Executive Vice President and Provost at the University of Richmond, and Sally Selden, Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Lynchburg. Tim is the longest serving Provost among VFIC institutions.

Productive Meetings of the VFIC Board of Trustees

Productive meetings of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges Board of Trustees at The Homestead in Hot Springs, VA. Pictured with David Bushman, President of Bridgewater College and Chair of the VFIC College and University Presidents; Ken Ruscio, President of VFIC, and Tom Goode, new Chair of the VFIC Board of Trustees.