19 March 2012
The stated vision for Washington Adventist University is to produce graduates who bring competence and moral leadership to their communities. An essential aspect of this vision is character building. In the book Education (p.225) by Ellen G. White, she states: “True education does not ignore the value of scientific knowledge or literary acquirements; but above information it values power; above power, goodness; above the intellectual acquirements, character. The world does not so much need men of great intellect as of noble character. It needs men in whom ability is controlled by steadfast principle.”
Further, Sister White said, “Character building is the most important work ever entrusted to human beings; and never before was its diligent study so important as now. Never was any previous generation called to meet issues so momentous; never before were young men and young women confronted by perils so great as confront them today.”
My friends, please continue to pray for the administration, faculty and staff that as we impart knowledge in business, science, arts and technical skills, that we will model the life and teachings of Jesus to our students and coworkers. Our task is not only to prepare our graduates for the world of work, but also for the new world, eternity.