Asbury College President Announces Retirement

WILMORE, KY— Dr. Paul A. Rader has announced his intention to retire from the presidency of Asbury College effective June 30, 2006.

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“It has been a priceless privilege for my wife and me to return to the institution that had such a formative influence on our lives, in order to invest in this generation of gifted students,” said Rader. “Asbury College has wonderfully enriched the lives of our own children, and now our grandchildren, as well. As a Christ-centered liberal arts college in the Wesleyan Holiness tradition, Asbury will continue to make a vital contribution to Christian higher education. “

The 15th president of Asbury College, Rader has served his alma mater since 2000, when he stepped in as interim president. After that first year and a nation-wide search, he was elected to the presidency.

“During his presidency, Dr. Rader has been committed to advancing the college’s motto of academic excellence and spiritual vitality,” said Dr. Bonnie Banker, vice chair of the faculty. “He has raised our awareness of global concerns and encouraged us to seek ways to further engage today’s culture. We value his love and passion for Asbury College and his desire for students to achieve a lifetime of learning, leadership and service.”

Under his leadership, the College has continued to be recognized by US News & World Report for its academic excellence and services rendered. With Rader at the helm, Asbury College students have participated in broadcasting the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia; Salt Lake City, Utah; Athens, Greece and Torino, Italy. The College has initiated graduate programs in teacher education; produced an award-winning admissions campaign; and, just this year, added ACHIEVE, an adult degree completion program. Asbury College won a $2 million Lilly Endowment grant for a five-year campus-wide program, ‘Transformations Project: exploring vocation for ministry, service and life.’ A major private gift has funded the Asbury Initiative for Student Leadership Internships which is deploying students in cross-cultural service opportunities.

From 1994 to 1999 Drs. Paul and Kay Rader gave leadership to The Salvation Army’s work in 107 countries. Paul Rader was the first American-born officer to be elected General of the international movement. Commissioner Kay Rader served as World President of The Salvation Army Women’s Organizations. Their headquarters was in London, England.

“I have known Dr. Rader for more than 40 years and have had the privilege of working with him during the last five years,” said CE Crouse, chairman of the Board of Trustees. “His world-wide experience has given the College an expanded profile in the global arenas of the Wesleyan-Holiness movement. He has an unusual ability to articulate the essentials of the Wesleyan Holiness message, which is the heart of Asbury College. His passion for that message and his conviction about Asbury College's role in providing a Christ-centered education that prepares young people to make a difference in the 21st century is clear to see. A man of integrity and great faith, Dr. Rader will be working with the Board to insure an orderly and grace-filled transition of presidential leadership.”

The Board of Trustees will consider the presidential transition at its previously scheduled board meeting later this month.

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