10 Things That REALLY MATTER From A College President

10 Things That Really Matter by Dr. Joe Aldrich

(1)  Always tell the truth.

(2)  Be sure you have all the facts before making a decision.

(3)  Keep open and friendly relations with God, family, and neighbors.

(4)  Devote time to helping others.

(5)  Review and adjust personal priorities on a regular basis.

(6)  Be financially responsible.

(7)  Discover “blind spots” by seeking advice from others.

(8)  Make personal hygiene and physical health a priority.

(9)  Become interdependent—we really do need each other.

(10) Recognize God in daily life and explore the power of prayer.

About the author: Joe Aldrich is most well know for being the Multnomah Bible College (Now Multnomah University) President 1978-1997 [DPC- I was a student at MSB from 1985-88 during his presidency]. Dr. Aldrich, was one of Willard Aldrich’s (former MSB President) nine children, was born in Portland and grew up in Vancouver, WA. In 1962, he married Ruthe Miles and they had two children: Kristen and Stephen. He was appointed Multnomah’s president in 1978 on Willard Aldrich’s retirement. Up until that time had been pastoring Mariner’s Church in Newport Beach, CA at the time. He retired from the presidency in 1997 due to Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Aldrich died February 12, 2009 at the age of 68 after a 15-year battle with Parkinson’s. One of his favorite quotes was this, “God can draw a straight line with a crooked stick.” Some of his accomplishments while at Multnomah were the following:

  • Construction of the John and Mary Mitchell Library (1980)
  • Founding of Multnomah Graduate School of Ministry (1987) and renamed it Multnomah Biblical Seminary (1993).
  • Charter membership in the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). (1988)
  • Chairman for the Pacific Northwest Billy Graham Crusade. (1992)
  • Renaming Multnomah School of the Bible to Multnomah Bible College and Seminary. (1993)
  • Second majors introduced. (1994)
  • Construction of the Scruggs Married Student Apartments. (1995)
  • Accreditation of Multnomah Biblical Seminary through the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). (1996)
  • Wrote more than a dozen books, including “Lifestyle Evangelism: Learning to Open Your Life to Those Around You.”
  • Spearheaded the prayer summit movement called Northwest Renewal Ministries, now independent and renamed International Renewal Ministries. (1994)

Author: lifecoach4God

I am the Lead Pastor of Valley Baptist Church (Bay Area), born and raised in Huntington Beach, Ca,, and currently living in Novato, California. I am married to my best friend of 27 years - Dana - and have five adult children; and six grand children. I have been a Teaching Pastor for over thirty years. I was privileged to study at Multnomah University (B.S. - 1988); Talbot School of Theology (M.Div. - 1991); Westminster Theological Seminary & Northwest Graduate School (D. Min. - 2003). I founded Vertical Living Ministries in 2008 with the goal of encouraging Christian Disciples and Leaders to be more intentionally Christ-Centered in how they live by bringing glory to God in nine key areas of life: personal spiritually, in marriage, in their families, with friends, vocationally, physical health, finances, discipleship, and mentoring .

3 thoughts on “10 Things That REALLY MATTER From A College President”

  1. Hello there, LifeCoach. I’m sorry I can’t address you by name because I don’t see it in your bio, but I write on Multnomah University’s blog and would like to post this content and maybe link to your blog here. 1. would you be open to that? 2. was this list in a pamphlet of some sort? (and do you still have it?)

    We can talk about it via email if you prefer. rleary@multnomah.edu


    1. Hello Robert,

      I’m not sure where this came from originally! I had it written in one of many notebooks that I have from my days at MSB. That’s the best I can do…feel free to do with it as you wish! Sincerely, David P. Craig

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