We humans think of time, our greatest mystery, as somehow ordered, controlled, and rational. “To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven,” the Bible assures us. We chart for ourselves rising and falling rhythms that shape our lives and frame our thoughts. And we linger to reflect at the century. One hundred springs, one hundred birthdays, one hundred Christmases. We expect reflection to lead us, after the century, to heightened understanding, clearer vision, wiser choices.
Texas A&M University-Commerce, on March 14, 2017, completes its first century as part of the State of Texas. In marking this anniversary, the university finds itself gloriously endowed: a past which made dreams come true and a present which spirals forward, unexpectedly, challenging our best efforts. Winston Churchill observed that “the farther backward you can look the farther forward you are likely to see.” For A&M-Commerce, the memory of who we are is luminous. Perhaps for that reason we are a university now restless, with a great appetite for the new and unfamiliar. Thank you, Professor Mayo!