Christian College Consortium News & Events

D. Michael Lindsay Appointed President of Taylor University

The Taylor University Board of Trustees today announced the election of D. Michael Lindsay, Ph.D., as its next President. The appointment comes after a rigorous, competitive and international search led by the University’s Presidential Search Committee.

“Dr. Lindsay is a gifted individual of deep personal faith and proven servant leadership. He excels in areas of innovation and creative adaptation, and he is uniquely qualified to lead the University forward with humility, wisdom and courage,” said Chris Goeglein, M.B.A., Board Chair and Search Committee Co-Chair. “A respected Christian leader, Dr. Lindsay has a broad understanding of the complexities facing Christian higher education. His spiritual and intellectual development in cultivating and discipling the next generation of servant leaders is truly a calling.”

In response to his appointment, Dr. Lindsay commented that he and his wife Rebecca look forward with great anticipation to being a part of Taylor’s vibrant campus community. “Taylor is one of the world’s foremost Christian institutions, and I thank God for the wisdom, strength and faithfulness that have characterized the School’s leadership for decades,” he said. “We are humbled to be called by God and honored by the Board’s selection to serve the University, advance its distinctive mission in providing excellent, Christ-centered higher education and strengthen its promising prospects for future growth and development.”

“In addition to seeking an individual with a personal, growing and contagious walk with the Lord, the Search Committee also sought candidates with the ability to articulate a compelling vision for Taylor consistent with its mission,” said Manuel Rosado, Board Vice-Chair and Search Committee Co-Chair. “We listened with love and attention to the Taylor community before embarking on this journey. Throughout the process, our committee emphasized spiritual discernment and prayer, and it was clear that those who love Taylor were prayerfully supporting this important effort.”

Dr. Lindsay was the unanimous selection of the Presidential Search Committee, and he was elected unanimously by the Board of Trustees. He will enter the Office of the President on Aug. 16, 2021, assuming the role from previous Taylor Board Chair Paige Comstock Cunningham, Ph.D., J.D., who has served as Interim President of the University since Aug. 15, 2019.

“The Taylor University Board, faculty and campus community are extremely grateful to Dr. Cunningham for her outstanding leadership, steady governance and faithful commitment to fulfilling the vision of the University,” said Goeglein. “Not only have the Institution’s foundational positions and policies been strengthened during her tenure, but she provided stability in a critical time with the COVID pandemic. All of us will be forever grateful for her exceptional and sacrificial service to our alma mater.

Greenville University Purchases Contemporary Music Center in Nashville

Greenville University is making an exciting investment in the future of the entertainment industry.

GU found a perfect fit with its mission and value for experiential learning by purchasing the Contemporary Music Center (CMC) to offer an immersive music industry experience in Nashville, Tennessee.

The CMC previously operated under the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU), a higher education association of more than 180 Christian institutions, as one of their BestSemester programs (now CCCU GlobalEd). CCCU will continue to endorse CMC as a Christ-centered, off-campus study program for students of its member organizations.

“This pandemic has upended the way we all are doing business,” says CCCU President Shirley Hoogstra. “The CCCU no longer had the capacity to run nine programs, but we knew that each one had enriched the lives of thousands of students and, if possible, should continue. I believe the transfer of the Contemporary Music Program to Greenville University is a win-win for the CCCU and its membership.”

What is the Contemporary Music Center?

CMC, since 2001, has offered a semester long, 16-credit hour program that prepares college students for careers in the entertainment industry while living out their faith as Christ-followers. During the semester, 30 like-minded students live, work, and create music together in a facility that provides 24/7 access to world-class gear. All teaching faculty are active in the industry, and their real-world experiences keep the program relevant and practical. The program features three tracks of study: artist, business and technical. In the artist track, students write, record, and perform; business students manage, promote and market music, while the tech students handle all things technical, such as sound, lights, video and more. At the end of the semester, the students pack up equipment and begin a weeklong road tour, their final exam.

“This program is exceptional,” says Hoogstra. “CCCU students will still be able to gather together to learn, experiment and hone their music skills, all within a Christ-centered context. I am grateful that Greenville University has stepped forward and will continue to offer this program to interested students for decades to come.”

Expanding GU’s mission

GU President Suzanne Davis says the University has excelled in the region in fulfilling its mission. She felt it was time for GU to expand its reach into new markets.

“Greenville University is known for quality experiential education that empowers students for character and service,” Davis says. “I am excited about the acquisition of CMC, because it embraces the modality of experiential curriculum. CMC provides students with team-based, real world problem solving that cultivates the strengths of a multi-disciplinary team and produces students who are salt and light to a needy world. This is the same value GU holds.”

Robin Rylaarsdam Named Provost of Bethel University

With more than 20 years of experience as a professor and administrator, Rylaarsdam is passionate about developing students, supporting faculty, and seeing the breadth of what a Christ-centered learning community can accomplish.

After an extensive nationwide search, Robin Rylaarsdam has been named the next provost of Bethel University. With more than 20 years of experience in Christian higher education, Rylaarsdam has a proven track record of academic development, student success, and meaningful faith-learning integrationand she looks forward to bringing those skills to Bethel.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in biology from Northwestern College in Iowa, Rylaarsdam went on to earn a Ph.D. in molecular biology and genetics at Northwestern University. She served as a professor and administrator at a handful of Christian colleges before accepting a position as dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois, where she advocated for program development and expansion in graduate programs, improved undergraduate retention, and advanced diversity and inclusion efforts among both students and faculty.

According to Provost Search Committee co-chairs Tracy Reimer and Chris Moore, Rylaarsdam was chosen from a pool of more than 50 competitive candidates based on her extensive accomplishments, effective leadership, and commitment to liberal arts education. “Robin is highly relational,” Reimer says. “She has advocated for students typically underrepresented in higher education, and she excels at nurturing inter-university collaboration and developing external partnerships.”

Suzanne Davis Elected as Greenville University President

The Greenville University Board of Trustees unanimously elected Dr. Suzanne Allison Davis ’00 as the University’s 13th president and first woman president.

According to the Board, Davis is the best person to serve as president because she has a vision for GU, she knows how to create and execute strategy, and she has demonstrated a passion to make GU better through her various roles with the University.

“As higher education has moved into such a highly tumultuous, precarious, and changing environment, I’ve seen Suzanne bring new ideas and solutions time after time,” says Kathleen J. Turpin ’91, Board of Trustees chair. “She has been uniquely gifted by God to not only see opportunities and possibilities many can’t see, but to use her connectivity and strategic ideas to bring them to fruition. Her love for Greenville and her willingness to be obedient to the Lord’s calling has brought her to today.  The Lord has called her for such a time as this and I believe, as the next president of Greenville University, she will lead the University well.”

Davis graduated from Greenville University (then College) in 2000 with a bachelor of arts in history and political science, and a bachelor of arts in philosophy and religion. She earned her MBA from University of Illinois College of Business and her juris doctorate at University of Illinois College of Law.

Vechery Scholarship Recipients for 2020-21

Thirteen rising seniors have been selected to receive the 2020-21 Christian College Consortium Vechery Scholarship for $7,000 each. Congratulations! Read more about the recipients on the Vechery Scholarship page.

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