Presidential addresses

PRESIDENT'S FORUM, September 2014
"There’s one more important Bluffton initiative this fall that you will notice.  This initiative has been led by a task force of very creative people who have listened carefully to a wide range of staff, faculty and students during the past year. The question the task force has tried to answer is 'How do we describe and explain the very special qualities of a Bluffton educational experience to more prospective students and to people who haven’t experienced it for themselves?'  In the student recruitment process, it can be hard to adequately describe a campus culture—how do you put so much into just a few words?" full address...

President's forum, September 2013
"It is an important centennial year for Bluffton in that regard. It was during the 1913-1914 school year that the name Bluffton College   was added to the seal, replacing our short-lived original name of Central Mennonite College in a change designed to reflect the more inclusive characteristics of the institution. full address...

PResident's forum, September 2012
"I have no doubt that the change many in this room are most eager to realize is the upcoming dedication and opening of the Sommer Center for Health and Fitness Education. Yes, as is now quite visible, we are nearly there, and you will be the first group of students to use it!" full address...

President's Forum, September 2011
"If you get the impression from my comments that there is a lot going on here, you are correct. Our school is blessed with students, faculty, staff and other supporters who strive to create an institution where our practices reflect our stated mission and where our words match our practices." full address...

President's Forum, September 2010
"As I survey the state of Bluffton University in the fall of 2010, I m struck by the many different ways in which the university is responding to rapid change in the world around us and in the world of higher education through innovation and change of our own." full address...

President's Forum, September 2009
"At Bluffton we recognize the significance of the individual life's journey as it connects us with others along the way. We take life as both a gift and a responsibility to be good stewards of the years God grants us. " full address...

President's Forum, September 2008
"I believe our work at Bluffton, as students and as educators, is so important for the future we face. There are three things we do at Bluffton, not necessarily sequential, that prepare us for that future. First, we acquire knowledge. Second, we discern values. And third, we take action."  full address...

President's Forum, September 2007
"I hope that each of us, day in and day out, sees the great potential we have for civic engagement. There is no shortage of ways in which we can make a positive difference, for this world has many needs. " full address...

Inauguration address, October 2006
"At Bluffton, we must continue to challenge each other to act upon our understanding of the needs of the world, to dare to be different when necessary, in doing those things which we believe to be right." full address...