Anderson University has named Rev. MaryAnn Hawkins as its first female dean of theology and Christian ministries. The Indiana-based institution brought in Hawkins after the retirement of James Lewis, who held the position for two years. Anderson’s ninth dean of theology, Hawkins has worked at the university as a professor of intercultural studies for a decade. Prior to AU, Hawkins was an academic dean for KIST in Kenya, according to the Herald Bulletin.
Concordia University’s Ann Arbor campus has reached a record high enrollment number for 2016 with 1,054 students. The population is the highest since the school’s inception in 1963, marking a 17 percent increase from 2015 and a 42 percent increase from fall 2013. This fall brought 325 new students to the private liberal arts university, the largest incoming class since it became a four-year college, mlive reports.
Lipscomb University is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, and to commemorate it, the institution’s president addressed the public in a video message. In it, President L. Randolph Lowry said some of the goals at Lipscomb include a more diverse student body made up of people from a variety of backgrounds. Strides have already been made in this effort, with 22 percent of Lipscomb students either coming from different countries or representing minority races and ethnicities, according to the Tennessean. Lowry also commended the school’s early leaders for being “pioneers in higher education.”
Becker’s Hospital Review has recognized Loma Linda University Health president and CEO Richard H. Hart, M.D., Dr.PH, as one of the 110 Physician Leaders to Know in 2016. Honorees were chosen based on their demonstration of “outstanding leadership and clinical expertise throughout their careers, leading initiatives to improve their individual organizations and the healthcare of the communities they serve,” Loma Linda University Health reports. Hart’s strategic vision includes a $1.2 billion project with a $360 million philanthropic goal, the largest endeavor in LLUH and Seventh-day Adventist Church history.
Tennessee’s Southern Adventist University inaugurated its new president, David C. Smith, Ph.D., in a ceremony Oct. 13 at the Collegedale Church of Seventh-day Adventists. Smith took over June 1, 2016, from Gordon Bietz, who retired after 19 years as president of the university. Smith most recently served as senior pastor of Collegedale Church of Seventh-day Adventists and also held the title of president at Union College in Lincoln, Neb., according to The Chattanoogan.