From Voice, Nov/Dec 2014. Used by permission.
Just a few weeks after terrorists hijacked planes and used them to attack the Pentagon and World Trade Center, I was asked to become the president of Piedmont International University in Winston Salem, North Carolina. I had no way of knowing the extent of how the tragic events of September 11, 2001 would transform our world, nor could I have imagined the changes that would sweep across the higher education landscape. Like many other Bible college leaders, I had to quickly learn to navigate a variety of shifting currents in the post 9/11 economy and deal with the continuous emergence of disruptive innovations and new technologies. In addition, I felt the urgent need to address the two horrible trends that have been plaguing American higher education for years.