I begin this report with a word of gratitude. It is an honor for me this week to be installed officially as the provost at Westmont. I am thankful for this opportunity to serve here, and I pray that my efforts will be equal to your trust.
For the installation events we have scheduled a panel discussion entitled “Awakening the Moral Imagination” on Wednesday afternoon (3:30 to 5:15 p.m.) in the Page Multipurpose Room. All are welcome. I have envisioned this as an occasion for me to listen as faculty reflect on some of the distinctive aspects of our mission and possibilities. Paul Willis will read a couple of his poems, and nine other Westmont professors will serve as panelists. I’ve offered a few preliminary thoughts on the theme below.
With the national election looming, this is the season for political debates, with both Obama and Romney chiming in on such fierce issues as whether or not the Green Bay Packers should have been awarded an interception on Monday Night Football. Tom Knecht, former free safety and current political science prof, may help us understand why we will eventually vote as we do in his Phi Kappa Phi lecture—one of several events this coming month devoted to political themes.