Philip Randall

I loved college and still love being involved with it. But I learned right after graduating and launching a career (mission accomplished!) that our personal life goals, no matter how ambitious, will ultimately not deliver as promised. You can turn that around, though, and have a surprisingly rich, rewarding life--one that's not dependent on circumstances--with the right foundation: Jesus Christ. You can dream big, but without a solid relationship with Jesus Christ, you'll discover your dream was too small.

My Life

Friends describe me

A smiler and laugher

My hobbies

Reading, movies, fixing my house. Past hobbies: fencing, skiing, running.

Fantasy dinner guests

Film producer J.J. Abrams, screenwriter-producer Amanda Segel, writer C.S. Lewis

Best advice I ever received

Wear a helmet when riding that motorcycle!

My undergrad alma mater

University of Missouri

My worst subject in school

Calculus. I gave it a week and scrammed. Never looked back.

In college I drove

VW Beetle, then a Datsun roadster (great car!).

If I weren't a professor, I would

be in communications somehow, especially video

Favorite books

The Bible. I am amazed that although it has a first page and a last page, in between it keeps going into infinity. Its insights are unending.

Favorite movies

Narnia--The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Favorite city


Favorite coffee

Black, free

Nobody knows I

Had a great motorcycle until I was hit by a hit-and-run driver.

My latest accomplishment

Publication of "Escaping the Killing Fields: a family's harrowing journey from war-torn Cambodia to Freedom" in Spartanburg Magazine