Texas' Lieutenant Governor offers advice to ACU
For Immediate Release
August 23, 1999
On Aug. 23, Lt. Gov. Rick Perry addressed Abilene
Christian University students, faculty and staff at Opening
In his speech, Perry said that the West Texas values of
"duty, honor,country, faith and family" would be guides for
the 21st century.
Perry then challenged students to carry on ACU's
"ACU has already experienced one century of excellence,
devotion and inspiration, you will usher in a new century of
opportunity, accomplishment and ingenuity," Perry said.
Perry offered three "pearls of wisdom" to the ACU
He spoke first of the importance of education and
diversity in the state of Texas.
"Our challenge as a state will be that of recognizing our
diversity as a source of strength and not division," Perry
said. "All Texas children should be limited only by the
degree to which they are willing to dream."
In addition, Perry warned against "prosperity in the
absence of virtue."
"Study hard, yearn for knowledge, strive to achieve,"
Perry said. "But never lose sight of the fact that
prosperity is not a function of monetary wealth."
Perry's final words of advice were concerning the
importance of faith.
"Aspire to make this a better world - for your children,
for your community, for the people of this state and for the
citizens of this entire nation.," Perry said. "Always keep
your word. And never lose faith."
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