Baylor University has announced it will partner with Temple College, a two-year comprehensive community college, to create a program called “Baylor Bound,” which will allow students to transfer between the two institutions more easily, the university announced. The Temple College partnership is the 5th of its kind between Baylor and other schools in the area, and Baylor intends to create 10 in all. Students in the program will declare their intent to finish their degree at Baylor before beginning at Temple, and if admitted, will receive help from advisors to choose from 66 majors and then select courses that satisfy program requirements to allow them to continue on to Baylor. For more information, visit the Baylor Bound webpage.
Saint Joseph’s University has announced it has chosen a lay leader for its new president for the first time since its conception 164 years ago, according to WPVI. Philadelphia native Mark Reed, Ed.D., Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff at Fairfield University, also a Jesuit private school, will replace Rev. C. Kevin Gillespie, who is stepping down after three years of service. He will be the institution’s 28th president. “Dr. Reed’s lifelong commitment to Jesuit values and mission and his outstanding record as a leader in Catholic higher education, make him the perfect choice to lead Saint Joseph’s into the future,” Edward W. Moneypenny, the chair of SJU’s Board of Trustees said.
The president of Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tenn., is retiring, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Gordon Bietz has served as President of the private, Christian school for 19 years, during which enrollment as well as the school’s budget doubled. A new $28 million student center is slated to be built soon at the college, and Bietz says he would like to witness its groundbreaking before his retirement. Prior to leading Southern Adventist, Bietz was the pastor of Collegedale Church of the Adventists and President of the Georgia-Cumberland Conference.
East Texas Baptist University has announced its new president, Dr. J. Blair Blackburn, who currently serves as the Executive Vice President at Dallas Baptist University, where he has been since 2002. He succeeds Dr. Samuel W. “Dub” Oliver, who left the university to become the president of Union University in Jackson, Tenn. Blackburn will take over the position beginning in June 2015 and will be the institution’s 13th president, states the Tyler Morning Telegraph. He has 20 years of service with Dallas Baptist and has also held roles at University of Texas at Tyler, Lon Morris College and Paris Junior College.
Thirteen students from La Sierra University, an Adventist college in Riverside, Calif., utilized their keen business sense to win second place at the Enactus United States Business Expo this year, reports the Adventist Review. Their winning entries reflect their faith and desire to serve others: a mobile grocery store bus serving low-income areas, and a “cow bank,” which allows women in India to lease a cow and sell the milk to a wholesaler. The projects were presented to a panel of about 100 judges, including executives from top companies like Walmart, Coca-Cola, Hershey, Unilever, Edward Jones and KPMG.