Faith-Based Higher Education News – October 2016

By October 4, 2016 July 19th, 2018 News, Academic Articles

Baylor University Starts Presidential Search

Baylor University has announced it is starting the search for its 15th president, the Baptist Standard reports. The university has appointed a search committee and will enlist a firm to help with the decision. Bob Brewton, president and principal owner of Brewton Investment Corp., will chair the committee. David Garland, former dean of Baylor’s Truett Theological Seminary and professor of Christian Scriptures, is currently serving as interim president. Former president Ken Starr was dismissed in May after an investigation was launched surrounding Baylor’s handling of sexual violence reports at the school.

Bruntmyer Installed as President at Hardin-Simmons University

Hardin-Simmons University officially welcomed Eric Bruntmyer as its 16th president at a ceremony in September, which also marked the school’s 125th anniversary. According to the Baptist Standard, the event featured a speech from Bruntmyer, who recalled the school’s long history of benefactors who wanted the university to be a place that reflected Christ’s love, and he commended each person’s unique contribution toward the culture and legacy of the school. Additional remarks came from Dennis Wiles, pastor of First Baptist Church in Arlington, as the Bruntmyer family’s pastor, as well as Michael Walters, chairman of the HSU board of trustees and presidential search committee.

Olivet Nazarene University Continues Growth Trend with Record Enrollment

Olivet Nazarene University has experienced record growth this fall, reporting the highest enrollment in its 109-year history. The school brought in 4,953 students this year, including 2,900 undergraduates, 2,359 of whom live on campus. The graduate program can boast an increase of more than 21 percent enrollment over the past five years, now exceeding 2,000 students. Enrollment in its school of business has also increased by 57 percent since 2011, the Chicago Tribute reports.

Hope College Enrollment at Capacity for 2016-17 School Year

Michigan’s Hope College is home to 3,224 students for the 2016-2017 school year, marking capacity for the school’s enrollment as well as achieving its goal of enrolling approximately 3,200 students this year. Of those students, 733 are attending college for the first time, whether freshman or non-degree-seeking students. This number comes after an intentional dialing back of enrollment from a high of 3,433 students in the 2014-2015 school year, according to the Holland Sentinel. Vice president for admissions and retentions William Vanderbilt says this decision will allow the college to maintain the quality experience it provides with its campus capacity and staff long-term.

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