BUIES CREEK, N.C. (WNCN) — Campbell University inaugurated J. Bradley Creed during a ceremony Friday at the John W. Pope, Jr. Convocation Center.
“Campbell gives us the opportunity to make a living, to make a life — more importantly to make a difference through service to others,” Creed said in front of about 1,300 Campbell students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends and delegates from schools around the nation. “Service is at the heart of our mission as a Christian university. Your major, your profession, your discipline, your life can contribute to the common good of society. …
“We have the opportunity to change the world – one course, one program, one project, one student at a time.”
Creed is just the fifth president to serve Campbell in its 129-year history, which made Friday’s installation all the more significant, said Benjamin N. Thompson, chair of the Campbell Board of Trustees who presided over the ceremony.
“The driving concern of the university, since its inception in 1887, has been its students,” Thompson said. “While the university has diversified since those early years and now enrolled students in undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools, the focus on students has never waned.”
That won’t change under Creed, Campbell believes.
Students played significant roles during the Installation Ceremony and afterward and Creed addressed the students directly multiple times.
“There is one reason and one only for Campbell University — and it is you,” Creed told the students. “Before there were presidential installations, there were students and there were teachers—two essential elements for learning to take place.”