[As written on June 20, 2014]
It is with a deep sense of humility that I write you as the 8th president of Montreat College. I am grateful for the diligence and professionalism of the Presidential Search Committee, and for the commitment of Montreat’s Board of Trustees to the promising future of the College. I also want to offer a special word of thanks to Joe Kirkland for his exemplary service as interim president.
I am committed to the enterprise of Christ-centered education, and I’m deeply drawn to Montreat’s mission. This is my sense of call, and I’m pleased to devote my life’s work to it. I am excited to begin at Montreat.
Building on the College’s historic significance, Montreat’s best days are ahead. I am delighted to join in partnership with the Montreat College trustees, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends toward a robust future for the College. As Montreat completes its first century of service, the institution will pivot to energetically meet the challenges of its second century of educating students for the common good.
Montreat College engages students in the Great Conversation as it prepares students for success, a combination rarely found in contemporary higher education. The Great Conversation engages students in the questions about the meaning of life, and Montreat offers a bold and forthright perspective based on a biblical worldview. As such, Montreat occupies a vital space in educating the next generation of Christians for the global economy. Families that seek a thoughtful and stretching education in a faith-based context will find an outstanding value proposition at Montreat College.
Montreat is well-positioned geographically. Located in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina, Montreat’s campus provides an idyllic setting for a college campus. The College is near The Cove, home to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Center, one of the most important organizations of modern evangelicalism. And yet, with Charlotte and Atlanta as leading cities in the Southeast and within easy reach, Montreat has cultural spheres of influence in its backyard. And as the last member of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) in North Carolina, Montreat offers a unique and distinctive educational experience.
Montreat College will flourish. It will do so by God’s grace and a profound sense of unity of the entire College family. We dare not imagine any other outcome. Montreat’s God-given destiny is to lead.
I look forward to welcoming the class of 2018 and all returning students in August! For freshman, it marks the beginning of their opportunity to engage in the Great Conversation. For returning students, I encourage them reach for God’s best. And for all who return to begin another year at Montreat, and for those who support Montreat in some tangible way, whether through prayer or financial gifts, let us join together for a new reality under the grace and authority of Christ.
With great anticipation,
Paul J. Maurer, Ph.D.