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Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to fish

That’s the way it was last week when I headed off to San Marcos, Texas for dinner with my sons and then on to Oklahoma to spend a couple of days with my Dad at Lake Eufala. We had planned to go fishing in Mexico during USW’s Spring Break but his health did not permit him to make what has become institutionalized as our annual Father-Son trip for more than three decades of fishing together somewhere interesting every year. Read More

Happy 70th Anniversary, Ivey and RoJean Massey

There’s not much I can tell my wife, at least not much that I can tell her to do in the form of either a directive or advice she will follow. That’s OK, we’ve been married long enough to disabuse me of the notion that my advice to her is needed, wanted, or even useful. Take sermons for example. Each week we usually have a discussion early in the week about the verse in the lectionary she will rely on for a seed of inspiration. I’ll hear it and instantly something will come to mind, and of course, I will feel compelled to share an idea. Each time, she patiently hears me out and then proceeds down a different path. Maybe my gift is helping her rule out what her sermon is not going to be about? Read More

Catching Up and Catching Our Breath

Wow! What a great Saturday morning we all had! At 10:00 AM in the Jack & Mabel Maddox Student Life Center I was privileged to observe my first commencement at the University of the Southwest. It was truly a wonderful event and celebration of the merits of being a Mustang. Starting on time, we still managed to graduate a larger than usual number of students (65) in person with another 129 who were eligible to graduate and elected not to appear onstage. Furthermore, we did it in what I am told is record time: 59 minutes! Even the weather was spectacular! Read More

Getting Over the Hump Day: A Prescription for Success

I’m really looking forward to our next chapel service, but unfortunately, it will be the last one of the current academic year. Like so many things this time of year, much of what we do at the University is coming to the end of our educational season. And while many are looking forward to a break, it will time to say “adios” to our graduates and “hasta la vista” to those who will leave us temporarily and return next fall.  Read More

Oh Happy Dog!

I was a little late to work this morning. I don’t think I got to the office until almost 7:30. Aside from getting up in the middle of the night to tend to a sick dog, our newest addition to our family couldn’t get enough exercise chasing her favorite tennis ball. Read More


First blog, first impressions. Today I begin writing my first blog as the 11th President of the University of the Southwest, nearly one month after beginning in this position on February 16th. Although it seems like I have been well engaged in the business of the University for quite a while now (probably because the job search began with an interview last November, followed by a campus interview, a job offer, and many weeks that followed planning a departure and a relocation) the reality is that I am a new president and I likely will be referred to as such for the rest of this year and maybe even the year that comes after. Read More