In 2008 when I accepted the challenge to provide the leadership of the then Columbia Union College, some individuals offered their congratulations while others said they were not certain if they should offer condolences. Four and half years later, I can testify that when we establish a committed partnership with the Lord, success is guaranteed. Columbia Union College is now Washington Adventist University; we experienced this year the largest enrollment ever and on April 14, we dedicated the first new building on campus in forty years – The Leroy and Lois Peters Music Center.
The success we are experiencing is clearly due to the partnership with Jesus and a talented committed team of leaders, faculty and staff. I want to use this medium to give thanks to the Almighty and to the dedicated board of trustees, faculty and staff for their commitment to the mission of Washington Adventist University.
In the book Prophets and Kings, 486, Ellen White writes: “True success in any line of work is not the result of chance or accident or destiny. It is the outworking of God’s providences, the reward of faith and discretion, of virtue and perseverance. Fine mental qualities and a high moral tone are not the result of accident. God gives opportunities; success depends upon the use made of them.”
And, in the introduction to his book Leadership Prayers, Richard Kriegbaum speaks of a leader’s relationship to God: “Leaders do not pray to inform God of what is happening. He already knows. And they do not pray to get him to do what they want. He already wants what is best for everyone involved.” According to 1 Peter 5:7, God wants our worries and cares. So, as we close out another academic year, our prayer of thanksgiving is: Thank you God for blessing us with talented individuals and for your desire to accept the worries and challenges of WAU. God grant us humility and the tendency to put you in the spotlight on the journey toward institutional excellence. Help us God to keep in daily focus the needs of our students. We recognize you as the Master Teacher and we give to you the honor and glory, Amen.
This is Washington Adventist University!