President’s Letter Archive:

How Do We Live a Christian Life That Counts?

Published: Fall 2011
How Do We Live a Christian Life That Counts?

by Gayle D. Beebe, Ph.D. President I love George Herbert, who ranks as one of our greatest poets. He touched me with his rich poetry as I entered into my own Christian life. I appreciate Herbert’s understanding of the... Read More

The Rich Academic Legacy of the Christian Church

Published: Summer 2011
The Rich Academic Legacy of the Christian Church

by Gayle D. Beebe, Ph.D. President Why do students choose to attend Westmont? Our Christian identity is one of the top three reasons they cite for their decision. But their backgrounds vary greatly. Some possess a deep faith, and... Read More

Preparing Students to Invest their Talents Well

Published: Spring 2011
Preparing Students to Invest their Talents Well

By Gayle D. Beebe, Ph.D. President A wise friend once said that leaders have a responsibility to honor the past, manage the present and map the future. So what does the future look like for Westmont? Our mission is... Read More

Practicing Faithful Presence in a Post-Christian Culture

Published: Winter 2011
Practicing Faithful Presence in a Post-Christian Culture

by Gayle D. Beebe, Ph.D. President What is our role as followers of Christ in the 21st century with regards to culture? Should we be transforming culture or become part of the counter-culture? I first started thinking about this... Read More

Becoming Good So We Can Be Great

Published: Fall 2010
Becoming Good So We Can Be Great

by Gayle D. Beebe, Ph.D. President Soren Kierkegaard tells a parable about a man who escapes from an insane asylum and heads into town. He begins to think about what he can say so the people there won’t think... Read More

Learning How to Redeem Our Suffering

Published: Summer 2010
President Beebe

by Gayle D. Beebe, Ph.D. President Several shattering experiences with grief led me to wrestle with the problem of evil and suffering early in my career. I certainly don’t have it all figured out, but developing a uniquely Christian... Read More

A Season for Building at Westmont

Published: Spring 2010
President Beebe

By Gayle D. Beebe, Ph.D. President Ruth Kerr, a woman of remarkable energy, character and intellect, established a school in 1937 that combined rigorous academics with a deep love of God. Our first president, Wallace Emerson, shared her commitment... Read More

How Do We Respond to Jesus?

Published: Winter 2010
President Beebe

by Gayle D. Beebe, Ph. D. President For me, the Gospel of Matthew opens up some of the great questions of life. In the middle of the book comes an incredible query. Jesus turns to Peter and asks, “Who... Read More

Living in Reciprocal and Reconciling Relationships

Published: Fall 2009
Living in Reciprocal and Reconciling Relationships

by Gayle D. Beebe, Ph.D. President I love this time of the year when we gather for a special time to relax and reflect with family and friends. When I was growing up, my father would ask each one... Read More

How Can We Make Our Life Count?

Published: Summer 2009
How Can We Make Our Life Count?

by Gayle D. Beebe, PH.D. President All of us have a longing to make our life count. There’s wonderful merriment involved in the college experience — as we witness in our students — but it’s also about finding our... Read More