The Right Place at the Right Time

With the end of the spring semester approaching, Howard University is still a great place to be. For me, this University is a four-letter word: home. It represents a melting pot—one that is fertile ground for building lifelong relationships. As diverse as our backgrounds may be, each of us bears in common three things: faith, hope and love. Despite the University’s challenges, we are all invested in its success.

I am humbled by the ways in which the University touches people near and far. Recently, I met with a 101-year-old Jewish gentleman in Palm Springs, Calif.— retired urologist Dr. David M. Falk—who designated in his will a $1 million, evenly distributed gift to the Howard University School of Law, College of Nursing and College of Medicine for student scholarships. As a surveyor of hospitals, Dr. Falk spent only four hours at the University in the mid-1980s surveying the Howard University Hospital. Shortly thereafter, he and his wife, Elynor, agreed that they ought to put the University in their wills—especially after Elynor met two Black nurses, who despite being qualified, could not get jobs.

Here is a man who saw the Hilltop for only a matter of hours, fell in love with it and insisted that he would contribute to it. Think about the amount of time we dwell on things that don’t work—how quickly we lose sight of where we must go. During this time of discomfort, it is very easy for us to be despondent. But if we do not approach each other from a point of love and civility, all of our successes will be for naught. It is my hope that every graduate of Howard University will leave with love in their hearts for their fellow person—that same love that Dr. Falk met here when he came to campus in the 1980s.

Here at Howard University, we have a legacy of people who have gone before us and shown us the way. We are here to expand upon their examples and build a new legacy. While we have many challenges ahead, I remain convinced that this is the right place at the right time. I am thankful for this mountain. My relationship with Howard University is a romance and journey that will never end— my presidency an extension of that journey. I will always be with Howard University and Howard University will always be with us. 




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