In 2008, Centenary College of Louisiana celebrates 100 years in Shreveport and Bossier City. This year, we honor our 1825 charter and our United Methodist roots, but we mostly commemorate our pursuit of a single mission 100 years in the making: to create a campus that thrives on intellectual integrity and community connections.
Developing Centenary as a major liberal arts college has strengthened our local and regional roots. The celebration of our Centennial honors those in our community who saw the potential in the early years and made sure Centenary became a reality. Now as then, Centenary depends on strong local relationships to maintain our standards of excellence. So as the oldest accredited and continuously operating college in the United States west of the Mississippi River, we look forward to the next 100 years.
Many generations of Centenary students have had the opportunity to grow and expand their horizons here. They have been taught by world-renowned scholars and made new discoveries and insights of their own. Our students then carry into the global community their passion to explore new ideas ethically, serve others compassionately, and think innovatively. I am proud of the educational and cultural experiences our students enjoy, and I look forward to seeing what they will do in Shreveport-Bossier and beyond.
As we move into our next century, Centenary will not rest on our past accomplishments but will launch into our future. We will strive to offer exceptional educational and cultural programs for our local and global communities. We will continue to fulfill our promise. Come celebrate with us!
Kenneth L. Schwab