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Message from the President

By Interim President Jerry Prevo, March 15, 2023

Whether you’re just starting to learn more about Liberty University or you’ve been a part of our family for a long time, you should know that our Christian mission drives everything we do. Nothing we plan, teach, coach, or build here negates or ignores our mission.

Organizations use mission statements to clearly communicate their vision and goals to customers and lay out expectations for employees so they can work toward common objectives. At Liberty, all of our faculty, staff, and leadership adhere to a Statement of Mission and Purpose, a set of principles we live and work by every day. This is in line with our mission, Training Champions for Christ.

The statement tells us that we are to “promote the synthesis of academic knowledge and a Christian worldview in order that there might be a maturing of spiritual, intellectual, social, and physical value-driven behavior” and “encourage a commitment to the Christian life, one of personal integrity, sensitivity to the needs of others, social responsibility, and active communication of the Christian faith, and, as it is lived out, a life that leads people to Jesus Christ as the Lord of the universe and their own personal Savior.”

I invite you to read the full document, as well as our Doctrinal Position, at Liberty.edu/About.

In this issue, you will read some examples of the hardworking individuals who are committed to Liberty’s mission, starting with our new Head Football Coach Jamey Chadwell. We invited him to kick off our Spring Convocations, where he told us what it truly means to be a “champion” — not only on the field. “A champion is not necessarily someone hoisting their trophy all the time,” he said. “A champion is someone who pursues a goal consistently through ups and downs and challenges. I think if you’re boldly wanting to be a Champion for Christ, you’re going to get challenged. People are going to say things about you. They might make fun of you. They might do different things to try to make you feel less than you actually are. A Champion for Christ is bold enough to continue to live out their faith.”

You will also read here the stories of some extraordinary alumni who are doing amazing things for the Kingdom as they live out their faith. God is working in their lives in powerful ways to reach others.

My prayer for Liberty is that we will always be bold about our faith and bold about our mission, always allowing God to work in us so He will be glorified. In this, we can rest in knowing that His blessings will continue to flow here because of our commitment to abide in Him.

“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples” (John 15:8).

Jerry Prevo | Interim President

Jerry Prevo joins students at the Liberty Arena on Jan. 26 to cheer Flames Basketball to victory over Stetson University.

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