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On Sept. 17, President Scott D. Miller announced the establishment of the Council for Big Ideas at Virginia Wesleyan College. The Council will be comprised of retired college and university leaders with a record of visionary thought and action. Its purpose is to propose innovative strategies for responding to major challenges currently confronting residential colleges and universities. The Council will be tasked with thinking beyond traditional means of teaching, developing social capital, and fostering civic engagement for today’s students. They will generate scenarios that expand thinking and create solutions that avoid “business as usual.”  In his announcement, President Miller noted that living and learning communities such as Virginia Wesleyan College and the “mentored formation of those who will influence substantially the future of society” need not be at odds with changing business models. “I look forward to sharing our ‘big ideas’ with the campus community in the future,” Miller said. Members of the council will include: Dr. David R. Black, former President of Eastern University, Palmer Theological Seminary, Lakeland College; Dr. Marylouise "Weezie" Fennell, former president of Carlow University; Dr. James L. Fisher, former President of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and Towson University; Dr. James V. Koch, former President of Old Dominion University and the University of Montana; Dr. Terry Lindvall, former President of Regent University; Dr. James Noseworthy, former President of Hiwassee College and former Assistant General Secretary for Schools, Colleges and Universities of the United Methodist Church; and Dr. Alvin Schexnider, former Chancellor of Winston-Salem State University.