As everyone at LCU knows, Josh Stephens is the dean of students. What everyone may not know, however, is what Josh is like as a person rather than just an administrator.
I have known Josh since I was little kid going to LCU summer camps. Until our interview, I simply thought of him as a nice man who was dean of students. But he is much more than that, which you will see in the following Q&A.
Duster: How does it make you feel when you have the best intentions for the students but yet some think you are out to get them?
Josh: I don’t do my job for student approval, but I won’t lie, I do want to be liked. The best thing about this job is that I don’t have to be a part of students’ lives — it’s that I get to be a part of their lives. At the end of the day you’re Luke Womble who needs Jesus and I’m Josh Stephens who needs Jesus.
I’m not here to throw rocks, I’m here to help you recognize what you did wrong and help you learn from it and move on.
Duster: You’ve been dean of students for 13 years. What impact has that had on your life?
Josh: I take a lot of pride in it … there are bad times that come with that and there are great times that come with that. I get to have the opportunity to walk with students and that’s special.
Duster: One big thing I notice on LCU’s campus is that I am not just another number. All of my professors refer to me as Luke, as you do. Why do you think students are so affected by that little moment of you remembering their name?
Josh: I think there is a desire [by]us all to be known. I try very hard to remember names because I know it means a lot to them as it does to me.
I am recognizing the value in that person. Whether they realize it or not, they are a creation of God. Jesus loved them and died for them just as Jesus loved me and died for me. So I want to do my best at learning a name.
Reading this, you can clearly see Josh cares for LCU students and wants the best for every one of us, whether he knows us personally or not. LCU is lucky to have a dean of students who connects with us and is a great example of what LCU stands for.
For more information about Josh and the Student Affairs office, visit: https://lcu.edu/resources/student-affairs/.