"Strive to make education universal;that the rich and the poor, the child of those who have power and place, and of those who tread the lowly paths of life, shall receive alike the blessings of education. And invite equally and alike, without distinction of sex, or color, or race, or creed, or party, the children of all who may desire to participate in the opportunities here offered. That is the highest purpose for which Mansfield may be praised."
The words of Simon B. Elliott, one of our founders, are as true today as they were when Mansfield Classical Seminary opened its doors in 1857. No matter what challenges we have faced and continue to face, Mansfield's mandate has and always will be to prepare our students for their life's journey. A journey of unimaginable opportunities. A journey that will proudly display their fingerprints on efforts to make the lives of others better. A journey enhanced by the generosity of others.
As we begin a new academic year, I encourage all to join in as we welcome our new students and welcome back those who are returning, as they ready themselves for the start of their life's journey. Your presence on campus is always welcome and adds tremendously to the Mansfield Experience. Throughout the upcoming academic year there will many opportunities to participate in various activities across campus, from sporting and music events to classroom engagement. Please plan to join us whenever your schedule permits.
Here's to building a memorable year for Mountie Nation!
I am H2S…Here to Serve!
Francis L. Hendricks '79
Brig. Gen., USAF (retired)