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From the President

by President Niel Nielson, PhD


As most of the View’s readers will have heard by now, I will be stepping down from the presidency of Covenant College as of June 30, 2012, to become the president of a newly-formed organization, the Maclellan Center for Global Christian Education. A huge blessing is that this new calling will enable us to stay here – in our home on Lookout Mountain, near Covenant College, and among wonderful friends at the College and in the Chattanooga area.


The actual date of transition is more than a year away (!), providing sufficient time for the College board of trustees to conduct the presidential search and prompting me to devote myself fully to my work as Covenant’s president so that I would, by God’s grace, finish well. That work includes fund-raising toward the completion of our $53 million BUILD campaign, steady progress toward the completion of a long-range campus plan, laying the groundwork for the next round of College-wide strategic planning, further strengthening of the College’s financial health, and continuing oversight of transitioning to membership of our intercollegiate athletics affiliation with NCAA Division III – all of this by the mercies and providence of God.


A major source of inspiration for my new venture is the marvelous biblically grounded, scholastically rigorous, and globally minded academic program at Covenant, which continues to equip students for God’s callings locally and around the world. This issue of the View focuses on several key elements of that program, including research and scholarship among faculty and students; alumni currently working, or preparing to work, in the field of education; an interesting insight into pedagogy at Covenant; and a fine piece from Dr. Jeff Hall, vice president for academic affairs, on Covenant’s commitment to the distinctive value of traditional, residential education.


As you read these articles, as well as additional items from or about the people of Covenant, I trust that you will once again be encouraged to see God at work in enabling us by his grace faithfully to explore and express the preeminence of Jesus Christ in all things.