It has been said that "change is always a great thing." At least that's how Fred Armisen quoted it in a recent Today Show interview concerning his role with NBC's Saturday Night Live. There is also the saying that seems to contradict this philosophy, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." So which philosophy is best?
Harding's New President: Dr. Bruce McLarty
McLarty is Not the "Don't Fix It" Candidate
I don't think anyone would agree that Harding is not broken. By broken I mean like any other institution or human. It's broken, in need of Christ. So the mentality of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" simply doesn't fly with this presidential decision. Harding needs fixing. I need fixing. Harding needs change just as I need change. Dr. McLarty brings just that to the table. A fresh perspective on the much needed fixing and change. He's certainly not the one bringing the fix or the change as none of the other candidates would, only Christ does that.
The Board's Recognition that "Change is Always a Good Thing"
You have to be careful when using absolutes. When it comes to keeping certain people/groups off campus that say/do things contrary to the Bible, this does not need to change. Jesus and the apostle talk about the importance of resisting false teachers. Harding does need to change in how they can better resist this encroachment because again, she is not perfect. I believe the Board of Trustee's decision had in mind that Dr. McLarty is the needed change for the university. This doesn't suggest I think past leadership was terrible, just imperfect, like me. Change is always a good thing because we can always be better. We will never be perfect, which means there will always be room for improvement. Improvement requires change. I am excited about that improvement with HU's new president. I am excited about how Harding will change, hopefully for the good, in the future.
We all need to improve. What changes are necessary for that to happen?