Provost Jewerl Maxwell could have solely inhabited his new function at Taylor since November, however his highway to Upland stretches a lot additional again in time.
Initially from western Pennsylvania, close to Pittsburgh, Maxwell spent most of his childhood on the East coast. He made the transfer to the Midwest for his undergrad the place he attended Muskingum College in Ohio, receiving a level in historical past, political science and public affairs.
“I truly began out as a secondary training main considering I used to be going to show social research however then determined to pursue educating on the collegiate degree as a result of I actually had a ardour for each historical past and political science,” Maxwell mentioned.
Later, Maxwell earned his grasp’s diploma and Ph.D. at Miami College in Ohio in political science. His higher-level levels emphasised each American authorities and worldwide relations, along with his analysis targeted on the American Presidency and unilateral powers of the presidency.
Maxwell later wrote a ebook on this matter of curiosity that was revealed in 2012 by Cambria Press entitled, “Powerful Instances for the President: Political Adversity and the Sources of Government Energy.”
Whereas Maxwell was pursuing this matter of curiosity, he was all of the whereas considering of the place he would go subsequent, and a spot like Taylor was precisely what he envisioned. The primary draw for Maxwell to the graduate program at Miami College was its emphasis on making ready its candidates to work at small liberal arts establishments.
The trajectory of Maxwell’s profession has adopted this path with the listing of his former establishments containing names like Emory & Henry School in Virginia, Thiel School, Cedarville College and Gordon School, all equally small liberal arts faculties.
It was when Maxwell labored at Cedarville that he turned conscious of Taylor particularly. His division chair at Cedarville wrote a ebook in regards to the historical past of Taylor College for the one hundred and twenty fifth anniversary via a connection to College Emeritus William C. Ringenberg.
When Maxwell learn the ebook, he was impressed by the historical past of Taylor opening as a girls’s school and persevering with as an establishment of studying for a lot of lower-income college students.
“I believe now we have lots of different peer establishments proper now that they need they might have the historical past that now we have,” Maxwell mentioned. “They’ve been grappling with ‘How will we do a greater job of giving girls entry to positions of management or training itself?’ They’re making an attempt to attraction now to a constituency that maybe has not been ready up to now to afford their establishment. They wish to be extra world. And so despite the fact that Taylor — sure we could have had our personal difficulties over the past 175 years, we are able to no less than cling again to that this has all been part of our historical past. It’s not that we at the moment are saying we wish to change who we’re in order that we are able to attain extra college students.”
What units Taylor aside for Maxwell is the college’s dedication to its values and its integration of religion and studying.
“I’m impressed with the actual scholar focus at Taylor,” Maxwell mentioned. “It looks like the expertise that college students have right here is really distinctive compared to different Christian faculties that I’m conscious of. I actually admire the deal with discipleship, the deal with simply the power and occasions — even chapel.”
This high quality of Taylor’s authenticity has been of curiosity to Maxwell for a number of years. “I had accomplished studying on Taylor for greater than ten years,” he mentioned.
Within the fall, the Maxwell household moved into the home subsequent to the Ockenga Honors Lodge. A former professor prolonged the chance to lease this home for the rest of the college 12 months, placing them inside strolling distance from the campus.
“The children like it,” Maxwell mentioned. “They’ve at all times cherished to be on school campuses.”
Since coming to campus in October, Maxwell and his household have wasted no time in getting plugged into the group. They discovered an area church household in Upland Neighborhood Church and loved collaborating within the many campus traditions together with Homecoming Weekend, Silent Evening and Airband.
Maxwell and his household can typically be seen on campus at Chick-fil-A, in chapel and on the Kesler Pupil Actions Heart.
The household could be very tight-knit. These days, Maxwell spends most of his time along with his spouse, Ashley, and their three children — six-year-old Esme, four-year-old Eli and one-year-old Parker.
Maxwell characterizes his daughter as having a robust persona and being very clever. Based on Maxwell, his daughter even taught herself learn how to learn earlier than she turned 5. She has additionally taught herself some primary math. Esme is most occupied with studying to journey horses.
In the meantime, Eli has an affinity for organized sports activities — one thing he shares along with his father who performed each soccer and basketball in his youth. One thing Maxwell admires about Eli is his affinity for fixing battle and serving others.
Parker is described because the entertainer of the bunch. He has a penchant for climbing issues he’s not imagined to.
Moreover these three, the Maxwells have one other baby on the way in which.
Although they haven’t been right here even a 12 months, the household has already fashioned a deep attachment to the college. Maxwell says that each Esme and Eli inform him they want to attend the college sometime.
“We actually imagine that God led us right here,” Maxwell mentioned. “It was in October of 2020 that we had recognized that Taylor was the place we wished to be. It ended up being a couple of twelve-month course of. We truly hand-selected Taylor as the place we wished our household to be, we simply didn’t know the way we have been going to get right here.”