Bethlehem, Not Berkeley, is the Birthplace of Free Speech

The very freedom Dr. Dirks and all others of his ilk claim to hold so dear finds its home not at a campus near the sandy beaches of our West Coast, but rather in a stable under the stars in ancient Israel. Free speech (at Berkeley or anywhere else for that matter) has never been achieved outside of the context of the foundational admonition – dare I say biblical admonition – stated very succinctly in Berkeley’s own founding motto: “Fiat Lux – Let there be Light.”

The Power of Words: OKWU Commencement

Everett Piper, President December 2016 Commencement Address Today we gather to celebrate the academy and your accomplishments therein. We march into this hall in our regalia – in our heavy robes and mortar boards, our funny caps and gowns – … Continued

Dr. Piper on Fox News

Dr. Piper appeared last night on Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier, discussing recent college protests and the idea that the troubles we see on campuses nationwide is a result of the ideas our culture has been teaching our students.

This is What You Get

“Why are we surprised by what we see in today’s news? When colleges lose their conscience, kids lose their character, and culture loses its soul.”

“This is Not a Daycare”: An Answer for the Absurdity

As the university president who wrote the viral “This is Not a Day Care” op-ed, I have been called by the media in recent days with essentially this question: “Dr. Piper, okay – your “Not a Day Care” piece identified the problem, but what’s the solution?”