Real Life. Experienced.
Real learning comes from living life, not just studying it.
Life at AU
Discover. Grow. Share… Repeat.
Real life can’t be learned under a microscope. That’s why student life at AU is integral to the education journey. Every friendship, mentorship, and experience is part of the journey of discovering who you’re meant to be. Learning takes place best in the context of meaningful community, fun adventures, and challenging moments where you find out what you’re made of. To find out what Real Life: Experienced is like for yourself, schedule a campus visit or apply now!
Intramurals, live bands, and numerous social organizations are just the beginning of student life at AU! From Mocha’s, the campus coffee shop, to student-organized events like “AU Ninja Warrior,” the AU experience goes well beyond the classroom with plenty of fun and lifelong friendships to be made.
No matter where you are in your faith journey, there’s a place for you at AU to grow spiritually. Whether through dynamic chapel speakers, weekly floor focus groups, service with Campus Ministries, or mentorship with faculty and staff members, you can experience Real Life: Transformed at AU.
“When I first started looking for colleges, I found that AU’s community was different than any of the colleges that I visited. AU is really centered on service and this is reflected in the students, teachers, and in all of its programs. It’s influenced me as a person, as a nursing major, and in my spiritual walk with Christ.”
Average size of a mentor group in the Student Success program.
Students currently studying in AU’s undergraduate and graduate programs.
Students, faculty, and staff have participated in AU’s global Study, Serve, Share program (Tri-S).
Arts, sports, social activities, student organizations, campus ministries — these are just a few of the many adventures waiting for you at Anderson University. Here, being a student means living Real Life: Experienced.
MEET OUR STAFF
- Student Life
Linda is the SEVIS Principal Designated School Official and Office Manager in the Cultural Resource Center. Linda has been a Pastor’s wife, Para-Professional Librarian, and has worked in the currency and stock markets. Most recently she was a missionary in Ecuador, where a few of her responsibilities included serving as the Director of the Seminary Library and Assistant Director of the Children of Promise Program. She is married to Dr. Gregory Robertson, Associate Professor of Christian Theology at the School of Theology. They have two third-culture kids, who are graduates of Anderson University.
Juanita is the Executive Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Provost & Dean of Students. She also serves as the point of contact in the Office of Chapel Attendance. Before joining the AU team, she enjoyed providing administrative support to small businesses and churches through her own small business, Write It Right. She also serves as the Church Administrator at Celebration Church at Arrow Heights in the city of Anderson. Juanita received her B.S. in Christian Ministries from Mid America Christian University.
Executive Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Provost and Dean of Students
B.S. Mid America Christian University
Michael J. Thigpen serves as the Director of the Cultural Resource Center at Anderson University. He also serves as Lead Pastor of Celebration Church at Arrow Heights (a local congregation in the city of Anderson).
A visionary and leader, Michael has worked in a variety of ministry areas both nationally and internationally. Michael is an Anderson University graduate with a degree in Organizational Leadership. Michael has a great passion for the lost and those who have been disenfranchised or otherwise disconnected from their local expression of the body of Christ. He seeks to disciple a generation of servant leaders, enabling them to make a greater impact on the world by sharing the authentic love of God. He also seeks to teach believers to develop and sustain a strong growing relationship with our savior, Jesus Christ.
Under the anointing of God, he operates in a dynamic teaching gift in addition to several other spiritual gifts and vocations. He is a preacher who rightly divides the Word of truth with a fresh revelation from God.
Pastor Thigpen is often sought after for his ability to speak to and to be heard by multi-generational audiences. He stays close to the pulse of youth and family issues as is made evident by his role as a former President of the National Inspirational Youth Convention (NIYC), his service as an educational advocate and his propensity for community activism. His life's work is geared to all people and families. Michael’s greatest joys in life are his personal relationship with God, the love of his life, Melanie and their four beautiful children: Brittany, Shekinah, Gianna, and Destinee.
Michael has served at Anderson University since 2015.