President’s Letter Archive:

Finding an Anchor for Our Life in God

Published: Spring 2009
Finding an Anchor for Our Life in God

by Gayle D. Beebe, Ph.D., president Santa Barbara is a joyous place to live and work. The world comes to our doorstep as we offer the varied and rich traditions of our wonderful city amidst one of the most... Read More

We’re Making Progress on Many Fronts

Published: Winter 2009
We’re Making Progress on Many Fronts

by gayle d. beebe, ph.d. president Spring is in the air. Despite the damage caused by the fire, the raw beauty of the campus is springing back to life. The buds on the trees and flowers, the birds chirping... Read More

How Do You Redeem Suffering?

Published: Fall 2008
How Do You Redeem Suffering?

Suffering is an incredibly challenging but necessary part of our journey of faith. One of the great hurdles to my own belief in Christ involved coming to terms with the problem of evil and suffering. For five years I... Read More

The Challenge and Promise of the Global Imperative

Published: Summer 2008
The Challenge and Promise of the Global Imperative

A few years ago I had the wonderful privilege of visiting the Czech Republic in Eastern Europe. It was a glorious time, and I enjoyed the trip immensely. Traveling to Prague, Karlovy- Vary and other smaller cities gave me... Read More

The Relentless Pursuit of Excellence

Published: Spring 2008
The Relentless Pursuit of Excellence

Excerpts from President Gayle D. Beebe’s inaugural address delivered April 11 In 1937 Ruth Kerr had a burning desire to start a school that combined a deep love for God with rigorous academics. Being a woman of remarkable tenacity,... Read More

The Legacy of the Liberal Arts

Published: Winter 2008
The Legacy of the Liberal Arts

As my first year unfolds, I continue to enjoy the opportunity to meet so many of our alumni at various gatherings and official events around the country. Thank you for the warmth and kindness you have shown to Pam... Read More

Preparing for the Future as We Honor the Past

Published: Fall 2007

On April 11, 2008, we will celebrate my inauguration as the eighth president of Westmont. This ceremony offers the college a valuable opportunity to present itself to the broader community. As we look ahead to the event, I want... Read More

Rigorous Academics and a Deep Love of God

Published: Summer 2007

What a joy it is to be at Westmont! Pam and I are settling into our new responsibilities, and the kids are doing great. If you’d like to get to know the entire Beebe family, check out pages 14-15... Read More

Following a Leader in a Cynical Society

Published: Spring 2007

By David K. Winter, Chancellor and Interim President I am sure that at some time in our lives we have all heard the words, “Just follow the leader.” With Gayle Beebe, our wonderful new president and leader, coming to... Read More

Our Challenge at Westmont

Published: Winter 2007

I like to ponder the fact that Westmont is an explicit and effective Christian ministry to college students. But we are also a relatively large business in a very competitive and challenging market. We must never forget these two... Read More