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I am pleased to welcome you to the hallowed grounds of Lane College — an institution founded in 1882 with little more than hope and hard work by Bishop Isaac Lane. This is an institution with a long tradition of respect for the power of education to transform lives, a related commitment to the power of each student’s potential, and a successful record of preparing some of America’s and the world’s greatest leaders. So, whether you are a new or returning student, I congratulate you on the commitment you have made to your future by choosing to be a member of the Lane College Family.

With such an admirable history spanning 128 years, it would be easy for this institution to simply stand tall and steady on past successes. But, to dwell too long on past achievements without a greater appreciation of future possibilities is to be unfaithful to the Mission of our Founder. Bishop Lane believed in reading the landscape and making strategic decisions which would ensure longevity and relevance. While we will hew to the core of our Mission, the traditions of discipline, and a philosophy that heralds the aristocracy of the intellect, we are configuring ourselves to thrive and prosper in this New Age.

Thus, you live in a time of tremendous momentum and positive change. There will be a continued strongemphasis on academic excellence, but there will be enhanced initiatives focused on equipping you with all the skills and knowledge you will need in a world that is increasingly-reliant on standardized testing. You will gain invaluable testing experience at Lane College, and we will ensure that you leave with the competencies to succeed in your post-collegiate endeavors.

In order to ensure that Lane College remains technologically strong, we have broadened our research and development program. The new Center for Research and Development strengthens the teaching and learning experience. It also generates new revenue streams for the College.

In spite of our illustrious past and vigorous present, please know that our greatest days are yet to come. I am happy that you are a part of this history-in-the-making, and I extend my best wishes for a productive, life-changing stay at Lane College. At the same time that you are creating a legacy of educational success for yourself and your family, and becoming a productive citizen and lifelong learner, you will develop and retain an unfettered loyalty to alma mater --— the Red and Blue.

May God continue to bless you and your loved ones throughout your matriculation - and beyond.

Sincerely yours,

Wesley Cornelious McClure ‘64




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