In the last 27 years as President of EARTH University, I have had the privilege of watching the seed of an idea grow into a thriving institution that has proven itself, many times over, to be a catalyst for positive change in the world. As my retirement draws near, I find myself reflecting upon the many lessons learned throughout this incredible journey.
More than ever, I believe that the values and ethics taught at EARTH are the keys to our graduates’ success in creating sustainable change. Nothing is more satisfying than to hear from employers that what differentiates our alumni from the crowd are their values. I am moved when I come upon examples of EARTH graduates who are doing the right thing. They have learned that even when choices are more difficult, they are also more rewarding. These women and men are the proof that the University is fulfilling its mission to prepare ethical leaders for sustainable development and to construct a prosperous and just society.
Our innovative educational model is being promoted on international platforms such as Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations for the Agricultural and Life Sciences (GCHERA) and RUFORUM (Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture). Educators from Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Guatemala, Mexico, Haiti, and India have visited campus to receive training in our curriculum, with the goal of adapting and implementing it in their own reality. We have built lasting relationships with like-minded institutions and organizations who share our vision of education as the ultimate tool to shape and transform our society.
I couldn’t be prouder of what we have created together with the generosity and dedication of so many — friends, donors, faculty, and staff — who make it possible for us to offer transformational education to students from underprivileged communities. Together, we have built a strong foundation that will allow EARTH to continue fulfilling its mission and to grow in new and exciting ways throughout the next 25 years and beyond. Changes are on the horizon; the foundation is sound and the future is bright. Thank you for your role in our success – and please stay with us for all the EARTH endeavors to come!
EARTH University President