Opening convocation of the 2007-2008 academic year, delivered by Dr. James E. Brenneman, president of Goshen College, on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007 at the Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall.
By President James E. Brenneman at the Goshen Chamber of Commerce breakfast on Feb. 7, 2007
Goshen College President James Brenneman celebrated the leadership, vision and ideals of Martin Luther King Jr. in three commentary columns published over the weekend in local newspapers.
Dr. James E. Brenneman, president of Goshen College, announced creation of the Center for Intercultural Teaching and Learning at Goshen College. Lilly Endowment Inc. will fund the new center with a $12.5 million grant – the largest single grant Goshen College has ever received – which will focus on three areas: researching the resources and challenges that changing demographics bring to a rural Midwest community and to higher education, creating an intercultural learning environment to benefit all students and strengthening current efforts in recruiting and retaining regional Latino and other minority students.
In a year when Dr. James E. Brenneman was named president-elect and strong interim leadership both sharpened daily operations and prepared the way for a new administration, giving to Goshen College remained generous for the 2005-06 fiscal year, which ended June 30.
After shelving his books in his office and with a full week of work completed as the new president of Goshen College, Dr. James E. Brenneman decided it was time to throw a party. On July 13, he held an “office warming” for all campus faculty, staff and students by inviting them to celebrate this new beginning for him and the college. And while most Old Testament biblical scholars and pastors may be thought of as serious and studious, President Brenneman clearly knows how to appreciate a joyous time.