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Carson-Newman University integrates academic excellence and Christian faith in relevant and unique ways for all its students. Drawing on its 160-year history, Carson-Newman's faculty and staff continue a commitment to holistic education, asking its students to reach the full potential of their bodies, souls, and minds in order to be all that God designed them to be.

Recently Newsweek magazine ranked Carson-Newman first in the Southeast for undergraduate teaching. Our faculty extend the educational experience beyond the classroom. They invite experts from international organizations like World Vision to speak, create online experiences that transport students around the globe, and abandon the physical classroom altogether, teaching students in locations such as the Great Smoky Mountains, Ireland, South Africa, and Korea.

I believe that a Christian university education should prepare students not only to make a living, but to make a life. In 2012, Carson-Newman received national recognition for its community service. Seventy percent of all Carson-Newman students serve at least four hours a week, and this commitment to the local community garnered the Presidential Award for General Community Service. I am honored to serve with a faculty and student population that works to become its best self, fostering both critical thinking and compassion, developing habits of heart and mind.

Since beginning my time at Carson-Newman, I am confronted daily by the success and kindness of our students. I hear about their triumphs from church members, from news reports, from childhood friends, and even from strangers in the grocery store who notice my C-N Eagles shirt. Students who decide to attend Carson-Newman are not just choosing a place to further their education; they are choosing a place to further their whole selves, to embark on having, as Christ promised, life to the full.