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Approaching the end of another school term, I can’t help coming to the realization that in August I will have served as President of this wonderful College for twenty years. To say the years have passed quickly is such an understatement. I thank God for the opportunity to lead what I believe to be one of the finest, faith-based, small colleges in America, and I look forward to many more years of service.<br /> <br /> Some amazing things have been accomplished over the years, but by far the most rewarding to my wife Jan and me is having become acquainted with so many wonderful people: devoted and dedicated trustees, alumni and friends of the college, gifted faculty, incredible staff and, above all, the outstanding students. We marvel at the changes we see in students in the relatively short span of time they are with us. It thrills us to have been part of a life-changing experience for these wonderful young people and to see them move on with their lives in so many meaningful ways as thoughtful and caring adults. What a blessing!<br /> <br /> This issue of Insights highlights many outstanding facultyled projects this school year. The cover story on Modern Day Slavery, for example, and the establishment of the new Student Abolitionist Movement (SAM) is particularly demonstrative of ways in which our community seeks to reach beyond the borders of our campus.<br /> <br /> Conversations among faculty often turn to the right balance between rigorous academics and opportunities for students to reflect, assimilate and integrate ideas. We are fortunate to have such faculty engagement. Our students must certainly learn facts and equations as well as about important people and events. But they must also understand complex ideas. And to achieve the full benefits of their liberal arts education, our students must learn to integrate and apply these ideas and understand how to use the mix of ideas and information going forward. The Modern Day Slavery project is one of many initiatives to help students achieve this greater level of knowledge and understanding.<br /> <br /> Georgetown College continues to be recognized by 3rd party professional educational groups for the excellence of our academic programs. We were again nationally recognized by Student Horizons, Inc. as one of four Colleges of Distinction in Kentucky with engaged students, great teaching, a vibrant community and successful outcomes. Centre, Transylvania and Thomas More are the others.<br /> <br /> During an evaluation of general studies programs at more than 700 institutions by the Washington, D.C.-based American Council of Trustees and Alumni, colleges and universities were assigned a letter grade from “A” to “F” based on the strength of each school’s program across seven core areas: composition, literature, U. S. government or history, foreign language, mathematics, economics and science. While no Kentucky school - public or private - received an “A” grade (a mere 17 did nationally), Murray State University and the University of Kentucky were the only Kentucky publics to score in the “B” range. Georgetown College was the only Kentucky private institution to receive a “B” grade in the state. I am very proud of this recognition.<br /> <br /> I’m excited to tell you we have broken ground for construction of a new 14-unit, 84-bed townhouse-style student residence facility with private baths and common gathering areas. Located on Dudley Avenue adjacent to the Mills Residence Park on South Campus, it will be known as Rucker Village as a memorial to the original Rucker Hall women’s dormitory which existed into the early 1970s. With the Rucker name, we hope to preserve an important and treasured Georgetown memory for future generations of Georgetonians.<br /> <br /> Please read on for a glimpse of many more impressive and meaningful programs and events taking place here at Georgetown.<br /> <br /> As always, I welcome your letters, emails, phone calls and personal visits.<br /> <br /> May God continue to bless Georgetown College.
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