June 2012

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!