Released - November 17, 2009
Eureka College president named chairman of Disciples of Christ higher education council
Two-Year term confered at council's annual meeting
Eureka College President J. David Arnold, Ph.D., was elected to a two-year term as Chairman of The Council of Colleges and Universities of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) at the council’s annual meeting Nov. 3 and 4 at Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, Va.
The council is comprised of presidents and chancellors of 17 undergraduate institutions related to the Christian Church and provides for fellowship and discussion of common issues among its members. The council also explores strategies for forging a strong relationship between its member institutions and the Christian Church.
Eureka College President J. David Arnold, back row third from right, was elected Chairman of The Council of Colleges and Universities of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) at the council’s annual meeting Nov. 4 at Lynchburg College. In attendance were, front row from left, Shelia Garren, first lady of Lynchburg College; the Rev. Sharon Watkins, President and General Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ); the Rev. Stephanie McLemore, Chaplain and Director of Church Relations at Lynchburg College; back row from left, Kenneth Garren, President of Lynchburg College; Scott Miller, President of Bethany College; Gerald Brouder, President of Columbia College; Dennis Landon, President of Higher Education and Leadership Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ); Cornell Thomas, President of Jarvis Christian College; President Arnold; William Drake, President of Midway College; and Norval Kneten, President of Barton College.
Commenting on the November meeting, General Minister and President of the Christian Church the Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins said, “It was good to spend time with the college and university presidents and experience their enthusiastic commitment to the covenant between higher education and the church. I look forward to the next steps growing out of the conversations of this meeting. Congratulations to Dave Arnold for taking the reins at this formative time.”
Arnold noted that Eureka College was founded in 1855 by abolitionists who were members of the Christian Church. “These founders believed that higher education had a higher purpose, and today we continue to strive to maintain a strong and vital relationship with the Christian Church through the Council of Colleges and Universities and the Office of the Chaplain at Eureka College,” he said.
Arnold became the 26th president of Eureka College on July 1, 2005. He formerly held positions as vice president for academic and student affairs at Missouri Western State College, provost at St. John Fisher College, dean and grants officer at Clarion University and associate dean and psychology professor at St. Lawrence University. As an academic leader and author, Arnold has focused on forging connections between the curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular spheres of students’ experience in learning communities, engaging faculty in strategic planning, and promoting the “teacher-scholar” model of faculty professional development at liberal arts institutions.
A native of Lancaster, Pa., and the first in his family to graduate from college, Arnold completed his undergraduate degree with honors at Bloomsburg University, graduate work at the University of New Hampshire, and summer
post-doctoral study at the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University.
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