Hurricane Sandy was an unprecedented disaster for New York. The devastation in the City and the surrounding region is stunning. Even so, the King’s community responded in a remarkable fashion.
King’s is the same institution today as it was two weeks ago—same vision, same curriculum, same faculty. We’ll be the same institution next week—and next year with a new president. Only better.
It’s been a fascinating week at The King’s College. I want to highlight a few things that underscore the dynamism of life on our campus.
Welcome to the 2012-13 academic year—and to the new King’s campus. Compared to five months ago, everything looks and feels vastly different. Having vacated our subterranean dwelling in the Empire State Building, we’ve moved out of darkness into the light.
When you return to campus this fall, the landscape will be entirely different. Before we mentally settle into King’s-Lower Manhattan, we need to bid a fond farewell to the Empire State Building.
The vision of The King’s College is bigger than the Empire State Building—and goes beyond it. There was a TKC before the ESB. There will be a TKC after the ESB.
Over the past several weeks, I’ve been reflecting on courage and its link to honor. Courage—one of the four cardinal virtues—is inextricably tied to what it means to be an honorable man or woman.
What does it take to be prepared “to shape and eventually to lead strategic institutions”? It takes courage and conviction. And courage is not something you pull out of a hat. It is learned here and now—one difficult conversation at a time.
There has been a degree of controversy of late surrounding the dress code. The brouhaha began when it was announced that athletes will be allowed to wear official team uniforms on days when they do not have time to change into business casual attire before class.
Corrie ten Boom once urged: “Beware of the barrenness of a busy life.” Her words are still timely.