Coffee House Forum on Christian Higher Education, Oct. 4

WILMORE, KY— On Thursday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. the College will host a coffee house in the Student Center addressing the relevance of Christian liberal arts in today’s challenging culture. This event is part of the inaugural celebration for Dr. Sandra Gray.

Special guest panelists include Dr. Jim Holsinger, presidential nominee for U.S. Surgeon General; Paul Corts, CCCU president; Mike Kane, Lexington businessman; Pat Jones, president of Christians in Visual Arts and Dr. Edward McKinley, professor of history at Asbury College.

Free desserts and coffee will be served. The event is open to all.

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Dr. James Holsinger
Dr. James Holsinger

James W. Holsinger Jr., M.D., Ph.D. serves as the Charles T. Wethington Jr. Chair in the Health Sciences at the University of Kentucky. He was recently nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as the U.S. Surgeon General. Dr. Holsinger previously served a two-year appointment as Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

He graduated from Duke University Medical School in 1964 and has served in a variety of academic and administrative appointments at several universities as well as the federal government. Holsinger served for 26 years in the Department of Veterans Affairs. He was appointed Chief Medical Director of the Veterans Health Administration and became the Undersecretary for Health, Department of Veterans Affairs. Holsinger served for more than 31 years in the United States Army Reserve. He was assigned to the Joint Staff as assistant to the director for logistics in 1989 and promoted to Major General in 1990. Holsinger retired from the United States Army Reserve in 1993.

Holsinger is married to Dr. Barbara Craig Holsinger and they have four daughters and five grandchildren.

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Paul Corts
Dr. Paul Corts

Dr. Paul R. Corts is the fifth president of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU). Corts previously served as assistant attorney general for administration for the U.S. Department of Justice. Prior to his work at the Department of Justice, Corts served as president of CCCU member institution Palm Beach Atlantic University for nearly 12 years. He also served as president of Wingate University in North Carolina.

He has held administrative and teaching positions at Oklahoma Baptist University and Western Kentucky University. Corts and his wife, Diane, reside in northern Virginia and have two sons and one daughter.

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Mike Kane
Dr. Michael Kane

As a senior executive of two Fortune 500 companies, Dr. Michael J. Kane has managed the international expansion of high technology businesses into new markets including the startup of manufacturing facilities in Eastern Europe, Asia and Mexico. He has established and managed operations, regional headquarters, research and development labs and distribution centers around the world.

An entrepreneur, Kane founded an advanced digital audio technology engineering and manufacturing company in China. Kane is the founder of Voice For Humanity, a not-for-profit organization that strives to provide illiterate and oral communicating people with compressed digital audio devices to hear life-saving and life-giving messages of freedom, health, and scripture. He holds a Ph.D. in international business from the University of South Carolina. Kane and his wife have three daughters.

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Pat Jones
Patricia Jones

Patricia Jones is a communications executive with extensive experience in organizational management, impacting markets through marketing communications, investor relations and policy communications. She has worked on behalf of organizations ranging from multi-national pharmaceutical companies to emerging biotechnology companies and not-for-profit organizations. Her recent emphasis focused on Christian not-for-profits by developing methodologies to adapt commercial marketing techniques to faith-based organizations.

She is currently the president of Christians in the Visual Arts, an organization founded to encourage Christians in the visual arts to develop their particular callings to the highest professional level possible. She was previously the senior communications officer at Gordon College.

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Ed McKinley
Dr. Edward McKinley

Dr. Edward H. McKinley, professor of history, joined the Asbury College faculty in fall 1970. McKinley has published several books on American relations in tropical colonial Africa and on the history of The Salvation Army. He is currently serving on the College’s Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Reaffirmation. He was elected as the first faculty representative to the Board of Trustees and previously served as vice-chair of the faculty. McKinley has supervised and accompanied a number of overseas study programs as part of the Asbury Abroad Program. He was also the faculty advisor for Salvation Army Student Fellowship for 19 years.

He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. McKinley and his wife, Martha, live in Wilmore, Ky.

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Greg Van Tatenhove
Hon. Gregory Van Tatenhove, moderator

Hon. Gregory F. Van Tatenhove was sworn in as Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky in February 2006. Originally of Los Angeles, he received his B.A. from Asbury College in 1982 and J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1989.

After serving one year as a law clerk for Hon. Eugene E. Siler Jr., with the U.S. District Court, he became a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice. From 1994-2001, Van Tatenhove served as chief of staff and legal counsel for Congressman Ron Lewis. In 2001, he became the U.S. Attorney for Eastern District of Kentucky where he served until his judicial appointment. Van Tatenhove and his wife, Jane, have two children.

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