Inauguration Ceremony For Union College President Vinita Sauder Set for March 5

(Spectrumbot) #1

Union College issued the following press release today concerning president Vinita Sauder:

Union College will install Vinita Sauder, Ph.D., as the 29th president of Union College in a special installation ceremony on March 5, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. in the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Named as president by the Board of Trustees in May 2014, Sauder took the post in late July. She previously served as vice president for strategic initiatives at Southern Adventist University in Tennessee.

In her brief time at Union, Dr. Sauder has helped the college prioritize the strategic plan as well as develop and implement action plans for three specific goals—enrollment growth, the addition of new programs and partnerships that will strengthen the college, and the creation of a new facility master plan to address needs in nursing, health sciences, and student recreation.

Sauder brings extensive experience as an educator and administrator, including teaching in the School of Business and Management and serving as associate academic dean, institutional research director and vice president for marketing and enrollment services at Southern Adventist University.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Southern Adventist University, Sauder earned an MBA from the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga and a doctorate in educational leadership from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich. She is also a graduate of the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University’s School of Education.

Sauder and Greg, her husband of 33 years, have two married sons. After working at McKee Foods Corporation in Collegedale, Tenn., for 29 years, Greg now works for Stanley Healthcare Solutions in Lincoln.

The event will feature a keynote speech by Gordon Bietz, Ph.D., president of Southern Adventist University and Executive Director, Association of Adventist Colleges and Universities, and remarks from Sauder and Thomas L. Lemon, chair of the Union College Board of Trustees.

A wide variety of exhibits will be open for viewing all day Thursday featuring the artistic and academic work of Union’s faculty and students in the college library, the McClelland Art Gallery and the lobby of the church.

Wednesday night, March 4, will include an academic roundtable: “The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship at Union College,” at 7:00 p.m. in the Lang Amphitheater of the Krueger Center for Science and Mathematics. Five Union College professors will discuss how their beliefs have enhanced both their research and their ability to connect with students in the classroom. Refreshments will be served.

Both events are open to the community and will also be webcast live on UCLive. For more information, please visit

Ryan Teller is Director of Public Relations at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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(k_Lutz) #2

I would imagine that the !$! grant from AHS for the business school is recognition for her business acumen. Go Vinita!

Trust the Process.

(Steve Mga) #3

Investment in people is the greatest thing institutions can do.
An institution invested in me at the maturing age of 17. Sponsored me through 3 years of nursing school. I ended up working [supervised the nursing home, taught several classes] there a total of 30 years.
The Kellogg brothers, W.K. and John Harvey received special attention from James and Ellen White. Both became famous. Both outgrew the SDA church administrative officials at that time, unfortunately.

(Steve Mga) #4

Vinita is allowed to be in charge of this huge complex, and oversee this huge number of persons who contribute to its success. She also oversees this huge budget.

However, if she would decide to get a MDiv or other similar degree, she would be said to be Incompetent to be a pastor of any SDA church in the World. Incompetent because she has the wrong combination of body hormones.

(George Tichy) #5

Someone is dropping the ball.
How come women are becoming university presidents now?
How come women are invading the educational field?
How come those un-ordainable women are being allowed to be in any position of power?
Someone is indeed dropping the ball.

(Mercy triumphs over judgment. James 2:13) #6

That ball got dropped long ago for Adventists, beginning w/ Ellen White. What we’re seeing is weird denial on the part of some who refuse to acknowledge her leadership, & in fact, that of many women in Adventist history.