What Does Leadership Mean to You?

With determination in our eyes and resilience in our steps, Westmont leads. We selected three students, Michael Kong ’21Will Grubbs ’23 and Iyree Jarrett ’22, for the cover of this issue of the magazine for their leadership and influence on and off campus.

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Letter from the President

The crucibles that shape us include crises that refine our character and call forth our best effort. Rarely, if ever, anticipated, they test our capacity to adapt and change and invite us to find new solutions to vexing problems to reach a successful and enduring outcome. As I reflect both on the individuals and events that have shaped me, I’m struck by seven defining crucibles: natural disaster, social conflict, personal choice, moral conscience, missed opportunities, enduring challenge, and moral compromise.

The Honorable John Robert Lewis: A Statesman, Civil Rights Leader, and One Who Walked with the Wind

In his 80 years on this earth, Lewis sought to do right in the face of wrong, confront hubris with humility, rebuke hate with love, and combat fear with faith. He was constantly on the lookout for what he called "good trouble": his unyielding commitment to comfort the wronged and confront those who did wrong. Lewis was a follower of the teachings of Jesus, and he remained in a posture of teachability and service and devoted his life to the Scriptures.

Modeling a Leadership Program on the Life of Augustine

In the “Confessions,” Augustine documents the personal journey to God. In “City of God,” he describes how to build a functioning society. While we must attend to our own spiritual growth and formation, we must also move beyond a focus on ourselves and seek to discover how God can use us to carry out his work—and share his grace, mercy and forgiveness—in an increasingly troubled society. We’re praying that our graduates can bring this kind of transformative leadership to every sphere of society throughout the world.