It would be difficult to find a person in Madison County more highly regarded than Anderson University President James Edwards, who recently announced he will step down from his post by the end of the 2014-15 academic year.
A man of God and the head of a university affiliated with the Church of God, Edwards has never been heavy-handed in his approach to religion. He has always expressed the tolerance and open-mindedness characteristic of leaders who cultivate common ground.
Nor is Edwards an office-bound academic administrator who stays hunched over a desk, poring over reports that reduce human flesh to statistical data. He is a community activist who frequently attends local events, involves himself in non-profit boards and seeks to make Anderson and the surrounding area a better place.
Edwards, AU’s president since 1990, is the longest-serving current university president in the state of Indiana, a testament to his steady hand, resiliency and clear vision of the future. Under his guidance, the university has grown, adding such facilities as the Kardatzke Wellness Center, the Flagship collaboration with Purdue University and the York Performance Hall.
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Anderson University is a private Christian university in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.), Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.