From The President
Dr. Douglas F. Mann,
President of Bryan College
Recently, someone asked me about Bryan’s niche in the market. I have thought about that question, and there are certainly a lot of excellent contenders for what makes Bryan unique: great faculty; a wide range of programs; and competitive athletics. Those aspects are important, and we are blessed to boast all three. But many colleges and universities have those elements and claim to be the best. My thinking has moved toward a slightly different question: “Why is Bryan relevant?”
Bryan is relevant because we are a school that unabashedly holds to the centrality of God’s Word in all that we do and say. For the 90 years of Bryan College’s existence, we have been animated by two core principles:
- The transformative power of the gospel in an individual’s life. Apart from Christ, we can do nothing and apart from His salvation. We are not able to achieve all for which we were created - honoring and glorifying God in all things. For its first 90 years, the men and women at Bryan College have sought to proclaim the gospel and hold Christ Above All.
- The transformative power of education and equipping students with the knowledge, values, and skills needed to make a difference in the world.
We approach our students and curriculum holding to these two principles. Our curriculum is shaped and taught from a Biblical perspective and the belief that an education, rightly constructed, can transform a student’s life and impact the world. The hiring of faculty, staff, coaches, and administrators is shaped around these same core values. Secular institutions obviously do not hold to such values. This void is why Bryan College is relevant and needed in today’s world. These core principles are why I want every student, who is able, to come to Bryan. I believe Bryan’s commitment to Scripture, to Biblical values, and to a curriculum such as business, history, psychology or engineering grounded in Biblical truth and values is greatly needed in today’s world. I want every student who God calls to Bryan College to have this kind of college experience.
Douglas F. Mann, Ph.D.
Bryan College '92