Asbury Celebrates Great Start to New Year
WILMORE, Ky. — Asbury University students, faculty and staff are crossing campus with a certain spring in their step and optimism for the future that has little to do with current headlines on higher education and a lot to do with the faithfulness of God.
“The beginning of a new academic year reminds us of God’s faithfulness in every season and is cause for celebration,” said President Sandra Gray. “His blessing on the faculty, students and staff is evident in so many ways that I know Asbury’s best days are ahead. His guidance is sure, his love is profound, and we see his grace at work around us every day.”
Returning students, welcomed back to classes after a summer of work, play and ministry, have in turn extended a hand to one of the largest incoming classes in Asbury’s history. Record freshmen enrollment boosted the student population to more than 1,700 for the first time, and the new students are building on a foundation of enthusiasm already established by the upperclassmen.
“Higher enrollment means more students are able to take advantage of the great mission of Asbury University,” said Dr. Mark Troyer, vice president for enrollment management. “We are so blessed to see increases in our undergraduate, Adult Professional Studies, graduate programs and even our Academy program for high school students. It’s exciting to see how God works in bringing Asburians to our campus who will go out and make a difference for the kingdom and impact their area of influence.”
In keeping with long tradition, the freshman class was named by two seniors selected to sponsor the class and given a Bible verse to guide them during their time at Asbury. Paul Stephens, associate dean for student leadership development, and his wife, Kelly, are the class advisors.
"It's clear already that the Ransomed Class is extraordinarily bright, fun and passionate about God's abundant love and mercy for them," Stephens said. "Kelly and I are thrilled to get to walk with them over these next years."
The combination of motivated new students, talented returning students and developing opportunities for growth in Asbury’s programs and course offerings have been received with excitement by a faculty and administration long committed to prayer. With confidence in the leading of the Holy Spirit, the University community anticipates a year of God’s continued faithfulness to His people and His purposes at Asbury.