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Berrien Springs, Michigan, United States—On March 1, 2016, the exec­utive session of the Andrews University Board of Trustees elected Andrea Luxton to serve as the sixth president of Andrews University (and 24th presi­dent overall since Andrews University first began as Battle Creek College).

Luxton replaces Niels-Erik Andreasen, who is retiring this spring following 22 years of service as president. Prior to becoming president-elect, Luxton had served as provost of Andrews University since 2010. Before coming to Andrews University, she served as president and vice presi­dent for academic administration at Canadian University College (now Burman University), as an associate director of education at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, and as principal/president of Newbold College in England.

“I am excited and humbled by this opportunity to serve and lead at Andrews University,” said Luxton. “I look forward to the opportunity to carry on the incredible heritage of Dr. Andreasen’s two decades of leadership at Andrews University, and to find powerful and strategic ways to continue to support and serve the constituencies of Andrews University—both on our Berrien Springs campus and in our Andrews University family around the world.”

According to Ben Schoun, cur­rent chair of the Andrews University Board of Trustees, “This committee has been very careful and conscientious in evaluating a broad array of well-qualified candidates from around the world—including a number of minorities, women, and men—which finally led to the prayerful selection of Luxton. We believe that Luxton, who our board has now voted as Andrews University’s next president, reflects the sort of visionary, thoughtful, and God-centered leadership that President Andreasen has offered to Andrews over the last two decades, while also offering the University new and significant perspectives to the journey ahead.”

“I have great faith in Luxton and in the leadership that she will offer Andrews University, in God’s continued blessings for this Andrews University community that Luxton will lead, and for the global Seventh-day Adventist community that Andrews is honored to serve in its role as the church’s first and flagship university,” said Andreasen.

[Stephen Payne, Andrews University]


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