ANDERSON - Dr. James L. Edwards, president of Anderson University, has announced his plans to conclude his presidency by the end of the 2014-15 academic year. His last year of service will mark 25 years of distinguished leadership as president of Anderson University. Currently, he is the longest serving president (in both public and private universities) in the State of Indiana. Edwards has served as president of Anderson University since 1990 and is only the fourth person to hold the office in the school’s 97-year history.
“Anderson University has been blessed to have four outstanding presidents in her history,” Lou Gerig, chair of the Anderson University board of Trustees, said. “Jim and Deanna Edwards have given their lives to Anderson University for 24 years. It has been my pleasure and honor to serve as chair of the board and partner in leadership with Dr. Edwards for most of that tenure. We have seen significant growth in so many areas during this time. Dr. Edwards has positioned Anderson University as a distinguished Christian institution and has taken the door of the university to Indianapolis and beyond. He has advanced the mission of AU greatly through facilities, programs and financial support. A process of presidential transition will be announced in the coming days. Since the founding in 1917, Anderson University has been blessed to have great leadership and we are confident that this tradition will continue into future.”
During his tenure as president, Dr. Edwards has overseen several comprehensive capital campaigns raising funding support totaling more than $205 million dollars. A number of major facilities have been constructed during his presidency including the Kardatzke Wellness Center, York Performance Hall, York Seminary Village, additions onto Decker Hall and Hartung Hall, a new business school, the Flagship Enterprise Center and improvements to residence halls and many existing campus facilities.
Dr. Edwards has extensive involvement in the arena of higher education in Indiana and nationally and has been a busy community leader during his tenure. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. He has also served as a director and officer of the board of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, as chair of the board for Independent Colleges of Indiana and a member of the Steering Committee of the Indiana Leadership Prayer Breakfast.