People often ask what makes Patrick Henry College so remarkable.
For me, the answer is easy: it’s the people, our students and alumni become.
I spent much of my career as an executive in the corporate banking world and over the years I discovered something about success and potential. Time and again, I saw our company bring in young, talented professionals, many coming from Ivy League schools with prestigious pedigrees. Yet, so few possessed the three critical elements that are needed for long-term success: character, communication skills, and critical thinking. These essential qualities not only make all the difference in lives and careers, they are also the qualities that our nation desperately needs in its leaders.
To put it simply, Patrick Henry College, exists to equip a generation of leaders for Christ to reclaim our nation for liberty.
Too often, students and families are told they must choose between an exceptional academic education and a Christ-centered education. At Patrick Henry College, no such dichotomy exists. This is a college for students who want something more –to aim higher, dig deeper, dare greater, and challenge the status quo. Students who know deep down inside that God has made them for a purpose. Throughout the Bible, God called His people – those like David, Esther, and Nehemiah –to great moments. We believe God is calling young people across this country to great moments as well. And I am fully convinced that our students will be ready when their moment comes to step to the center stage.
If there is a common refrain I hear time and again, it is that Patrick Henry College or Patrick Henry College students quickly distinguish themselves wherever they go; whether it’s our Strategic Intelligence graduates rising through the ranks of the FBI and CIA, or our Government majors winning coveted White House internships and Supreme Court clerkships, or our Economics and Business Analytics alumni making an early name for themselves at Fortune 500 companies. Patrick Henry College students understand how to think clearly, communicate convincingly, and do so with the character and conviction that only comes from a deep relationship with Jesus Christ.
Our alumni walk on to many different stages, from the highest levels of government to their local churches. You’ll see many of their stories here in these pages, and I think you’ll see a common thread. As Proverbs tells us, “See a man skillful in his work? He shall stand before kings.” Similarly, David reminds us in the Psalms, “I will also speak of your testimonies before kings and I shall not be put to shame.” I believe there will be Supreme Court justices, presidents, and CEO’s that come from these halls, as well as faithful fathers and mothers, pastors, and teachers. In any and every sphere, our alumni will be the kind of people equipped to stand before kings.
That is the very heartbeat of Patrick Henry College. Wherever they go, whatever they do, our alumni are equipped to be difference makers – and the very best at that –for Christ and for Liberty.
Jack W. Haye
Patrick Henry College