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January 13, 2010

Wheaton Weighs Its Future

This year, Wheaton College celebrates its 150th birthday, making it a time to look back and look forward at the "evangelical Harvard," particularly as the school prepares to name a new president this spring. In "Whither Wheaton?", Andrew Chignell, a Cornell philosophy prof and Wheaton alum ('96), takes stock of the current administration's successes--e.g., growth of the endowment, expansion of the physical plant--as well as its controversies--from some rigidly conservative hiring decisions to its top-down managerial style. And he registers concerns of faculty, students, and supporters about what course the college is headed as it appoints new leadership. Notes Chignell:  

The sense of the constituency interviewed for this story (and my own sense as well) is that it is crucial to keep in mind that a college is not the church, and its presidency is not the papacy. Even at a systemic institution like Wheaton, there must be protected space--wiggle-room--for the creative thinking, loving disagreement, and emphatic debate--even about interpretation of the heritage--that set academic communities apart.  

Read Andrew Chignell's Whither Wheaton?

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