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Equipping People for a Changing World

23. November 2016

Features, Theme Articles, Interviews,

  —Drew Gordon

The Witness editor sat down with Calvin Troup just days after his inauguration as Geneva’s 20th president to discuss his long history with Geneva and his hopes for the future. For some background on Dr. Troup, you can hear his testimony on the web site by searching for his Feb. 17, 2016, message, “Learning Christ’s Faithfulness in a Hard Way.”

What are some of your cherished memories of being a student at Geneva?

Dr. Troup: It’s interesting to think about that question in terms of how you would answer it 5 years out and 10 years out. It has been a long time since I was a student. In the classroom, some of my most cherished memories are sitting under the teaching of Dr. Willard McMillan. I also really got to know Dr. David Carson, both in his poli-sci class and then as he helped me prepare for the American Studies program in Washington, D.C. I had directed readings with him for a semester before I went to D.C., and that was really rich—I didn’t understand how rich at the time.

I have a lot of fond memories of humanities. I value them more now after going to graduate school, because I was incredibly well prepared for graduate studies. There are a lot of places that are saying “we need to be more inter-disciplinary,” and we were already learning in a much more rigorous and robust way than is happening in many places through humanities; so I’m really thankful for that.

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