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All hail the king! Interview with first family Dr. and Mrs....

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Written by Haley Fahrner & Kevin Dunne. Media by Jessica Sturgeon. It has been decades since the British invasion brought over the Mods, Rolling Stones, James Bond films, and some band called The Who. The wave of British culture even managed to find its way to Greenville College, albeit a tad late, in the form of Dr. Ivan Filby. It was announced on March 4th by the Board of Trustees that Dr. Filby was elected as the 12th president of the college. President Filby acted as chair of the Management Department from 2005 until 2012 before accepting the role as president. On Sunday, the 4th, an open house was held in Joy House, where faculty members could mingle and chat with the new president. Dr. Filby and his wife Kathie were greeting people as they entered, and before I (Haley) even stepped in the house, I was met with a hug from Dr. Filby. While I (Kevin) was the only male in the house that wasn’t wearing a suit, the event was very relaxed and informal. The food that was served by the Sodexo workers was divine. Never have I (Kevin) tasted such glorious desserts or heavenly quiches. I (Haley) ate no fewer than five stuffed mushrooms. As we mingled with the attendees, we were introduced to Beckie Smith, Chair of the Board of Trustees, who said, “I am excited and optimistic to have Ivan Filby serve as president. He’s a creative thinker and a joyful person.” Smith was not the only one who was overjoyed to have Filby serve as president. Christina Smerick, chair of the Philosophy and Religion department, said, “I had the privilege of working with him when he was faculty moderator, and I am delighted he has returned to campus. And I wasn’t going to let Kathie move anyway.” President Filby was kind enough to take a break from shaking hands and chatting with friends to answer a few questions for us. When asked to describe Greenville College in one word, he replied, “Community!” We also asked Dr. Filby what changes he envisions for the college, and his reply was exciting. There are a few things he would like to do, subject to college and board approval, of course. First, he said that he would much like to continue the ongoing discussion about university status, and said, “We need to ask the question ‘How can we best fulfill our mission?’ and I believe we may be able to do this more effectively as a university. This is, of course, not something to be rushed into, but something we must prayerfully consider in the light of the calling that God has placed on Greenville College.”