The President’s Portfolio
Guiding the speaking, writing, and travel of President Eaton this year are SPU’s five signature commitments, including its focus on global education. Here are some of his recent activities:
The President’s Blog
PR News Award
“Saturday Morning From My Study” –– President Eaton’s blog –– received an “Honorable Mention” award from the national organization PR News at its annual Nonprofit Awards Luncheon in Washington, D.C., November 3, 2009. Eaton’s blog was one of three finalists in the “blog” category along with the American Society for Microbiology and Defense Media Activity. Recognized by PR News for outstanding quality and content, the blog has received more than 20,000 visits from individuals in 119 countries since its debut in May 2009.
Travel and Speaking Engagements
Christian Community Development
Association (CCDA) Conference
Cincinnati, October 22–24, 2009
In continued support of SPU’s signature commitment to reconciliation, President Eaton traveled to Cincinnati for the annual conference of the CCDA, an organization of Christians who are restoring under-resourced communities throughout the world. Guest speakers for this year’s conference included John Perkins, SPU’s partner in the John Perkins Center, and CCDA Board chair Barbara Williams-Skinner, leadership consultant and frequent speaker at
Murdock Charitable Trust Christian
Leadership ADVANCE Conference
Vancouver, Washington, December 2–3, 2009
This invitation-only event was co-led by Murdock staff members and Rob McKenna, chair of SPU’s Industrial/Organizational Psychology Department. At the conference, President Eaton learned that Murdock had awarded a $400,000 grant for SPU graduate theological education.
National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) Annual Meeting
Washington, D.C., January 31–February 3, 2010
President Eaton was recently elected to serve a three-year term as a regional representative on the board of NAICU. The NAICU consists of nearly 1,000 independent U.S. colleges and
universities that share common interests related to public policy issues.
Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) International Forum
Atlanta, February 23–February 26, 2010
President Eaton and a team of SPU administrators and faculty attended this event for leaders in Christian higher education. Highlights included a keynote address by new SPU Trustee Richard Stearns, as well as a preview of SPU’s soon-to-be-released documentary about
John Perkins (www.spu.edu/perkinsfilm).
Meetings With Friends of the University
Phoenix; San Francisco Bay Area; Los Angeles; Denver; Atlanta; Washington, D.C.; Hawaii; Seattle
Meeting with friends of the University around
the country, President Eaton is engaging in
conversation about SPU initiatives and about equipping students to change the world.
The President’s Bookshelf
President Eaton likes to read — whether it’s newspapers, magazines, blogs, or books. Here are two of his latest “reads”:
Ronald C. White, A. Lincoln: A Biography
(Random House, 2009). In the year of Abraham
Lincoln’s bicentennial celebration, my good friend, Ron White, wrote what may be the best biography of Lincoln for our generation. Ron’s style is much like Lincoln’s: understated, quiet, concrete, incisive, even brief (although
the book is nearly 700 pages long). He sees
Lincoln as one who leads with ideas, a leader who leads with language, and a man of deep
and honest faith. This is a book that can help
us understand our own American story, and perhaps show us some direction for the future.
And the good news for Response readers is that
A. Lincoln is the featured “giveaway” book for this year.
Rumer Godden, In This House of Brede
(Viking Press, first printing 1969). This novel is quite exquisite. We enter a Benedictine convent called Brede, and find ourselves fully engaged with the struggles, aspirations, and gifts of these amazing nuns. We enter into the quiet intrigue of monastic politics, always just beneath the surface. And we understand by the end something of Benedictine teaching, leadership, community life, the importance of worship, and what it means to live in genuine community.
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