From the President

When I came to Centenary three years ago, I said Centenary College will define church-related liberal arts education for the twenty-first century. Building on what has always been Centenary’s strength, the arts and sciences disciplines, our faculty have designed a curriculum focused on the three global challenges that organize the content of this publication.

When we talk about defining church-related liberal arts education for the twenty-first century, we are talking specifically about engaging the challenges of the twenty-first century using the dispositions developed by the arts and sciences disciplines. Our students gain the content mastery and the leadership capacities to respond to complex challenges with creativity and curiosity.

When we talk about defining church-related liberal arts education for the twenty-first century, we are talking specifically about taking seriously our role in local and global action-oriented communities where we can exhibit compassion and commitment to a set of values and ideals that are bigger than ourselves.

We believe that our students ought to EXPAND THEIR CIRCLES of relationships so that they can find ways to encounter people who are fundamentally different than they are and engage them with civility and create peaceful social arrangements.

We believe that our students ought to learn to live a MEANINGFUL LIFE not just so that they can have a prosperous life, but so that they can bring prosperity and meaning to the lives of
others. We believe that they can put the needs of others above their own and attend with compassion to those in the greatest need. We believe that they can help others live up to their full potential, even as they strive for theirs.

We believe that our students ought to learn to live a SUSTAINABLE LIFE not simply so that they can learn to be good stewards of resources for which they are responsible, but so that they can help sustain this planet and nurture and enhance the creation and the good natural resources for which we are responsible.

Encircle communicates to the world at large the ways in which our alumni, faculty, and students are living, learning, and leading in our world. Centenary College IS defining church-related liberal arts education for the 21st century. Not because we can. But because we must.

David Rowe is the 30th President of Centenary College of Louisiana.

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