Oct 20, 2012
Salt Lake City Mayor's Office proclaims Oct. 20, 2012 as "Westminster College Day."
SALT LAKE CITY-In today's inauguration ceremony, Westminster College's newest president, Dr. Brian Levin-Stankevich, touted the value of higher education and its importance in creating well-rounded graduates who lead successful lives.
"I have always been committed to excellence in education for all students," said Levin-Stankevich. "It is important that we as a nation, as a state and as a community fully develop the talents of every motivated member of our community."
Levin-Stankevich, a first generation college graduate who grew up in an immigrant neighborhood in Buffalo, N.Y., shared his own story of growth thanks to his parents' hard work and insistence that he attend college. Levin-Stankevich's 92-year-old father attended today's ceremony and was recognized for his curious mind and dedication to his career as a machinist-a craft he practiced his entire working life.
"The deepest lesson I have learned from Dad is that we are what we do, not what we say. I learned that I will be judged by my labors," said Levin-Stankevich.
During the ceremony, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert recognized Westminster as a "jewel in the state" and praised Levin-Stankevich for accepting the challenge of leading the college.
"Dr. Levin-Stankevich is the right man for the job," he said. "He's been a hard worker in every aspect of his life.and takes on the role of inspiring students, faculty and staff and encouraging their love of learning. We look forward to seeing Westminster flourish under him."
In his address, Levin-Stankevich re-enforced Westminster's emphasis on impassioned teaching and active learning with the goal of educating students to become engaged members of society in addition to being producers and consumers.
"Developing the talents of individuals is very different from merely preparing someone to perform a job.education is and should be about so much more than a paycheck," he added.
In recognition for the integral role Westminster has played in education in the community, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker proclaimed October 20, 2012, as "Westminster College Day."
For the complete text of Levin-Stankevich's address and video of the ceremony visit www.westminstercollege.edu/inauguration/