IBJNews

Anderson University president plans to step down

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

 The longtime president of Anderson University is stepping down from the office, although he didn't call it a retirement.

"I'm not sure what retirement means, and I haven't come to terms with that," James Edwards said Monday. "But my wife and I have been making plans, and I thought it was in the best interest of the university to work on the transition thing."

Edwards said he'll step down at the end of the 2014-2015 school year after nearly 25 years of leading the Christian university, according to The Herald Bulletin. Anderson is a community of 55,500 people about 30 miles northeast of Indianapolis. The school has an undergraduate enrollment of more than 2,000.

Edwards is only the fourth person to hold the office in the school's 97-year history.

Lou Gerig, chair of the Anderson University board of trustees, said in a statement that a transition plan would be announced soon.

"He did a magnificent job of holding these two points in dynamic tension," Carl Caldwell, Anderson University's former executive vice president for academic affairs, said of Edwards.

Gerig said in a prepared statement that Edwards "positioned Anderson University as a distinguished Christian institution and has taken the door of the university to Indianapolis and beyond. He has advanced the mission of AU greatly through facilities, programs and financial support."

Edwards oversaw fundraising campaigns that brought in more than $205 million and the construction of several campus buildings, the statement said.

Edwards is an ordained minister of the Church of God and has served as a pastor. He is a graduate of Anderson University and its School of Theology. He earned a doctor of philosophy degree in educational policy and leadership at Ohio State University.

Before his election as president of Anderson University, which has an enrollment of about 2,500, Edwards was president and CEO for Warner Press, the publishing house for the Church of God.

"I think our sense of distinctiveness as a Christian university has created a special place for us," Edwards said.

ADVERTISEMENT

  • He will be missed!
    As an AU Alum, a big thanks to President Edwards for his humble service to the university, students and Anderson community. Good luck in your next endeavor.

Post a comment to this story

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
 
Subscribe to IBJ
  1. If I were a developer I would be looking at the Fountain Square and Fletcher Place neighborhoods instead of Broad Ripple. I would avoid the dysfunctional BRVA with all of their headaches. It's like deciding between a Blackberry or an iPhone 5s smartphone. BR is greatly in need of updates. It has become stale and outdated. Whereas Fountain Square, Fletcher Place and Mass Ave have become the "new" Broad Ripples. Every time I see people on the strip in BR on the weekend I want to ask them, "How is it you are not familiar with Fountain Square or Mass Ave? You have choices and you choose BR?" Long vacant storefronts like the old Scholar's Inn Bake House and ZA, both on prominent corners, hurt the village's image. Many business on the strip could use updated facades. Cigarette butt covered sidewalks and graffiti covered walls don't help either. The whole strip just looks like it needs to be power washed. I know there is more to the BRV than the 700-1100 blocks of Broad Ripple Ave, but that is what people see when they think of BR. It will always be a nice place live, but is quickly becoming a not-so-nice place to visit.

  2. I sure hope so and would gladly join a law suit against them. They flat out rob people and their little punk scam artist telephone losers actually enjoy it. I would love to run into one of them some day!!

  3. Biggest scam ever!! Took 307 out of my bank ac count. Never received a single call! They prey on new small business and flat out rob them! Do not sign up with these thieves. I filed a complaint with the ftc. I suggest doing the same ic they robbed you too.

  4. Woohoo! We're #200!!! Absolutely disgusting. Bring on the congestion. Indianapolis NEEDS it.

  5. So Westfield invested about $30M in developing Grand Park and attendance to date is good enough that local hotel can't meet the demand. Carmel invested $180M in the Palladium - which generates zero hotel demand for its casino acts. Which Mayor made the better decision?

ADVERTISEMENT