Suzanne Gehring – Asbury University
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Suzanne GehringHead of Archives & Special Collections

Department: Library

Office: KL 132/133

Phone Extension: 2292

Kinlaw Library responsibilities: about my position

My official title is Head of Archives & Special Collections.  I manage the materials that are housed in Archives on the lower level of the library.  This includes institutional records as well as personal papers of significant individuals; books that focus on specific subjects, such as missions and missionaries, holiness; Methodism and its history, and faculty and alumni publications. Other important evidences of our institutional history are official publications of the university, student yearbooks and newspapers, photographs, audio and video of events, and artifacts that represent and recall memories.  Go to the Archives website at www.asbury.edu/archives to view a sampling of our collections and a description of our services.

Current Reading

I am a strong advocate for the importance of reading and life-long learning.  This spring I am currently reading: We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter, Educated by Tara Westover and The Promise by Chaim Potok. Check back soon for a review of each of these titles!

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.  In 2010 I completed the Modern Archives Institute in Washington, D.C., an intensive training course in archival management.

Family

I am married and have four grown children and five grandsons.  All our children have graduated from Asbury and live in a variety of places including Lexington, KY; Nashville, TN; Washington, DC; and Murray, Kentucky.   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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