A Day In The Life
Ever wonder what goes on in the average day of a Wittenberg president? Follow President Laurie M. Joyner, Ph.D., to find out.
As we prepare to start another school year, I met with faculty members today to give an update on the status of the University and also was able to welcome faculty members and returning faculty back to campus.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, with which Wittenberg is affiliated, met in churchwide assembly today. They covered some important business, including electing a new presiding bishop, who will replace Bishop Mark Hanson. Bishop Hanson has been on campus several times in the last few years. Most recently, he came to campus for my inauguration!
The Presiding Bishop-elect, Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, is currently the bishop for the Northeast Ohio Synod. She visited Wittenberg in 2009 to preach at the Festival Choral Eucharist for Reformation service in Weaver Chapel.
We’re excited to welcome her as the first woman to be elected to this top post in American Lutheranism.
The Board of Directors met in Blair Hall for its annual retreat to discuss our goals for the upcoming year, including aligning high-impact practices with student-learning outcomes. Members of the Board also had the opportunity to give an early farewell to Vice President for Business and Finance Darrell Kitchen, who will retire at the end of September.
Had the opportunity to engage with local political leaders about the challenges and opportunities that institutions of higher education are facing at an invitation-only lunch hosted by John Boehner, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives and the Representative from Ohio’s 8th congressional district.
Thanks to local Board members Andy Bell and Alicia Sweet Hupp, class of 1982, students from the Miami Valley region and their families were able to be a part of the first-ever Miami Valley Send-Off. The event offered an opportunity for me to engage with so many members of our community and to show off the personal approach to education Wittenberg affords all students.
Today I had the opportunity to have lunch with Pauline Chakeres and Fred Leventhal, whose families’ have contributed so much to the Wittenberg community.
The Chakeres are lifetime members of the university's Benjamin Prince Society. Through their generosity, they established the Mr. and Mrs. Michael H. Chakeres Family Scholarship Endowment Fund at Wittenberg, which provides financial assistance to Wittenberg students who pursue a performing arts or entertainment-related career.
Each year, students perform three mainstage shows, several one-acts and two dance concerts in The Chakeres Memorial Theatre, which is the home of the department of theatre and dance.
The Fred R. Leventhal Family Endowed Lecture, part of the Witt Series, is made possible by a gift from the Leventhal Family of Springfield. This year, Wittenberg will welcome writer and humorist Dave Barry to campus for The Fred. R. Leventhal Family Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 17.
It’s so refreshing to spend time with community members whose generous support make the Wittenberg experience possible!
It has been a pleasure to have Bill Martin visit with us for the past two days. Bill, who served on the Board of Directors from 1994-2007, is an alumnus from the class of 1962. He and his wife, Mary, reside in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Deeply loyal to Wittenberg, Bill, former athletic director at the University of Michigan and former president of the U.S. Olympic Committee, is committed to not only encouraging high school seniors to attend Wittenberg, but also to making it financially possible for them to do so. His generosity allows that a one full-tuition scholarship per year be awarded to a deserving student from Washtenaw County, Houghton County or Keweenaw County, Michigan.
Bill has also assisted his alma mater in planning for the new athletic practice facility.
As we prepare for another school year, Jay and I attended the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and Lilly Endowment Presidential Vocation and Institutional Mission Seminar for University Presidents. The program, funded by a generous grant by Lilly Endowment Inc., accommodates up to 20 college and university leaders and their spouses in each year-long series, and has been held seven times since 2005.
Through this program, I was able to consider, explore and clarify my personal vocation and to see how it aligns with Wittenberg’s mission. Being aware of this alignment and the strength of the connection between my vocation and the university’s mission, I can work to tap into this alignment as a resource for effective leadership in the upcoming school year.
This program provides a wonderful opportunity to reflect on personal values and one’s calling, and I’m excited to lead Wittenberg for another year as students continue to reflect on their own calling and situate themselves in the world.