Note from David Allan Hubbard on the Occasion of Dr. Carnell’s Retirement
It would be hard to picture Fuller today apart from the impact of the five crucial years of Dr. Carnell’s presidency.
Tangible gains of those years include accreditation by the American Association of Theological Schools, the calling of several key professors, the establishment of a development department, and the transfer of endowment funds from the Fuller Evangelistic Foundation to the seminary. But more important, a mood was established, a character shaped. The almost prophetic themes sounded in the inaugural address have echoed through every phase of the curriculum and resounded in the lives of our graduates.
By making this available to a larger public, which for personal reasons Dr. Carnell did not publish, the Alumni Association has rendered a signal service. And a fitting one too. For no single document expresses more effectively what our Alma Mater intends to be and what it hopes to contribute to the Church at large. If our achievements have not always matched our intentions, it is because our implementation has not yet caught up with Dr. Carnell’s far-reaching vision.