Suzanne Gehring

Head of Archives & Special Collections
KL 132/133
(859) 858-3511 ext. 2292

Professional Background

The focus of my professional career has centered on education.  I spent six years teaching in the public school system in Maryland, eight years as a home school mom/teacher, and seven years in Christian school education in Lexington, Kentucky, before coming to Asbury University.  I loved teaching at the high school level, but now really enjoy interacting with university students and feel this is where I am called to be.  My responsibilities at Kinlaw Library are centered primarily in Archives, but I also provide reference or instructional help as needed.  In addition to my duties in the library, I have served as an occasional adjunct for ENG 360 Children’s Literature and GEN 120 First Year Experience Seminar, as faculty advisor for student government (2004-2007), and on a variety of campus committees.

Personal and Educational Background

I spent my childhood on the mission field in Brazil, Mexico, and Cuba and my teen years in Miami, Florida.  My parents met as students at Asbury, so after high school I decided to carry on the tradition and enrolled at Asbury as well, graduating with a major in English and a minor in Spanish.  After teaching in the classroom for 16 years, I completed a master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Kentucky and became part of the library faculty at Asbury University.

Family

I am married and have four grown children and four grandsons.  All our children have graduated from Asbury and live in a variety of places including Lexington, KY; Houston, TX; Washington, DC; and Inchon, South Korea.   My husband is an educator as well as a pastor.   He is certified as a pastoral counselor and frequently speaks on spiritual formation, America's Christian history, as well as marriage and family life issues.  We are a close family and enjoy traveling, camping, and outdoor sports. We are enthusiastic fans of UK basketball and like reading history, eating out and going to movies together.

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