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Core value of the week: Integrity & the new president

Integrity is defined as the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.

In what ways do you believe that the next president may help our college achieve this core value?

“Integrity would be to take care of the alumni who can’t contribute huge checks each year … We don’t even have a parking space for us to come on campus without getting a ticket. Guilford will milk the last dime from you and use the term ‘integrity’ to defend it.”

Michael Hyatt ‘05

“I consider the word ‘integrity’ to be specious in most references and do so in the case of Guilford College’s current president and senior staff. They pose well but act in an insistent way that does not allow a point of view other than their own … This current administration addressed crumbling bricks, not crumbling minds. The administration dressed up the College with all the pretty things but stripped the place of integrity.”

William McCarver, Tutor and    Lecturer, Learning Commons

“A cornerstone of integrity is transparency. Our next president could institute true transparency in the College’s finances and allocation of resources.”

Diya Abdo, department chair and associate professor of English

“A key understanding of the Quaker testimony of integrity relates to the root meaning of ‘integrity;’ wholeness. Think back to algebra in school: ‘integer.’ Integrity means making life a whole — one piece … All of Guilford should reflect our core values; all of Guilford should be a ‘whole.’

“The next president can not only insist on that — s/he can model it!  The president should be someone who embodies all our core values, not just give lip service to them.”

Max Carter, director of the Friends Center/campus ministry coordinator

“Integrity, like all the core values, means little at Guilford. We use the core values as a marketing tool, while many ignore ethics and integrity altogether. Integrity must mean that we market our college as we are and not as some utopian vision of what we should be.”

Billy Millman, senior

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