Washington Adventist University remains true to its mission to produce “graduates who bring competence and moral leadership to their communities.
Along with our faculty and staff, I am committed to making this vision a reality by ensuring that our students get the best education possible. It is imperative that a WAU degree remains a cherished prize, indicative of our graduates possession of certain intellectual capabilities as well as enhanced spirituality, creativity, flexibility and analytical capabilities. It must be a distinction that is earned, not a commodity that is bought.
As a university and more so, as a faith-based institution, I believe that agents of change come from within universities. To this end, I believe we must prepare our students for life, and challenge them to go beyond the confines of conventional thinking. We must continue the task of teaching our students how to think, not what to think.
Individually and collectively, we must make the hard choices. We must seek truth; we must leave a legacy of service to humanity.
This is Washington Adventist University!
Washington Adventist University is doing all it can fiscally to support Christian education within the Columbia Union. This spring, we offered Columbia Union academy graduates scholarships totaling over 6.1 million dollars, over a four period, to attend WAU. Representatives of the University were present at every Columbia Union academy graduation ceremony to announce and present these scholarships. This is a demonstration of how much we value Christian education by helping parents and students bridge the gap between what they can afford and the cost of private higher education.
Spirituality at WAU
Transforming lives continues to be a consistent focus of the WAU experience. Early reports from the Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, mission trip indicates that just fewer than 900 persons have been baptized. A record 50,000 individuals attended Sabbath services. This mission trip is being led by our VP for Ministry, Dr. Muganda. Students are sharing the good news of Jesus and experiencing how His love can change lives. We hear that Washington Adventist University is now a household name in Tanzania. In May 2012, students were also involved in a mission trip to Moscow, Russia. At WAU students get an opportunity to experience mission service locally and internationally.
This is Washington Adventist University.
The theme of my presidency continues to be connections—the basic concept of having a personal relationship with the divine source of every good thing, Jesus Christ. It is a fact that in order to be an effective follower, an effective leader, an effective president, I must be connected with Jesus Christ. Before I can connect with the people I serve, it is vital that I consistently connect with Jesus. There is the expectation that I will introduce new ideas at Washington Adventist University, but I must first be connected to the one that will make all things new. As we begin another academic year, I am excited about what the Lord has done and will continue to do in advancing the WAU vision to produce graduates who bring competence and moral leadership to their communities.
My friends, I have adopted the formula that is clearly outlined in Cindy Tutsch book, Ellen White on Leadership: Guidance for those who influence others. She states that, “the leader’s power and strength for service comes through prayer.” Ellen White points out that, “Christ knew that he must strengthen His humanity by prayer. In order to be a blessing to men He must commune with God, pleading for energy, perseverance, and steadfastness. Without this daily communion with God, no human being can gain power for service…Our strength lies in taking our burdens to the great Burden Bearer. God confers honor on those who come to Him and ask him for help, in faith believing that they will receive it.” It is a privilege to serve the WAU community, keep us in your prayers as we continue the task of engaging minds and transforming lives.
This is Washington Adventist University!