I am in my first month as president of Malone University. It is a privilege and an honor to serve the institution and community that I have grown to love over the past two decades.
In my role as ambassador for the university, I often find myself reflecting and talking with our alumni and friends about our setting, the city of Canton and Stark County. We truly are blessed to live, work, and study in an environment with so many diverse offerings.
My wife, Darla, and I love our neighborhood of Historic Ridgewood. We take walks almost every day and frequently discover some new architectural or landscape feature.
As a runner, Stadium Park has become my go-to place for loops. I love the sense of community that develops between people using the space for walking and running. And, let’s hope that we never take for granted the history made available to us through the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum. Having a former U.S. president as a native son is an honor we must always celebrate.
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In addition to the aforementioned spaces, I appreciate the experiences available to us through the Professional Football Hall of Fame. As a historian, I have found HOF archivist Jon Kendle to be a wonder. Additionally, Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium is an NFL-class facility capable of hosting national-level events and concerts.
Attending the First Fridays and the downtown restaurant scene, enjoying a meal at places like George’s, Cherry Blend Coffee Roasters, Irie Island, among others, and hosting visitors to the region at Gervasi has enhanced our quality of life.
These are just some of the extraordinary businesses that add to the experience of living and working in the area.
As I begin my season of time leading Malone, I want our campus to be a warm, comfortable, and welcoming place for our neighbors in Canton and throughout the county. I invite you to come to campus for concerts, recitals, theatrical plays, sporting events, and lectures. We want you to take advantage of all that the university offers.
Perhaps the best asset we have in our region is our people. Stark County people are warm and not pretentious. They are genuine and authentic. When compared to locations across the country, this region is a great place to raise a family with an incredibly low cost of living.
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I want Malone to be part of the offerings that attracts individuals and families to our hometown.
Darla and I fell in love with this region before Malone was even on our radar. In our younger years, while driving west to see family, we frequently thought that this would be a wonderful location to make a life and a career.
Deciding to make Canton our home has been one of the best decisions we have ever made.
I take seriously my responsibility to ensure that Malone continues to serve the community and that we share our expertise widely in a manner that contributes to the betterment of life and work.
In a culture which prizes self-actualization and self-promotion, the Malone culture of concern for others is a gift we are happy to share.
Dr. Gregory J. Miller is president of Malone University in Canton.
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