Welcome to the first of several Provost’s Reports, which will appear periodically through the summer and more regularly during the academic year. I hope this will be one way of informing you about the academic and co-curricular realms of Westmont.
As I was preparing this report, we all received the tragic word that Alex Moore had passed away. We begin the report, then, with a tribute to him, chosen from the words that his wife, Kirsten Moore, wrote for his memorial service.
Provost’s Reports will have three standard sections. The first, in the right-hand column, will be a summary of recent “Academic Accomplishments.” For this initial report, I have simply focused on the faculty awards given at Commencement, the promotion and tenure decisions made by the trustees, and some good news about a few alums. In the future I will include items from the monthly reports of achievements read at faculty meetings and other notable accomplishments.
The reports will regularly include some “Updates,” as I note new appointments and identify various initiatives in motion. They will often offer some personal “Reflections,” either my own or those of a colleague, as we endeavor to look at our mission from several angles, drawing upon the stories of our life together to define our common project. My reflections in this report come from my words to the Emmaus Road students during their Commissioning Ceremony. I offer it as a prayer for the summer, wherever your journeys take you.