Dr. William E. Brown, the ninth president of Cedarville University
photo by Scott L. Huck/Cedarville University
by Public Relations Office
October 10, 2003
Cedarville, OhioBefore more than 3,000 people, Dr. William E. Brown was inaugurated as the ninth president of Cedarville University this morning in a 10 a.m. ceremony. The inauguration ceremony was the first such event at Cedarville University since 1978.
Dr. Howard Hendricks, distinguished professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, gave the inaugural address. Hendricks` message included a call to the new president to pursue the highest standards of character and leadership. "Be a president who tells us not what we want to hear, but what we need to hear," Hendricks stated. "Be a leader who serves and a servant who leads."
In the presidential investiture, Cedarville University Board of Trustees Chair Albert F. Stevens placed the University medallion seal around Brown`s neck, stating, "I commit to your hands the mission of this University." He welcomed Brown on behalf of the trustees and concluded, "We pledge our prayers and support to you."
"I thank you for the opportunity to serve as president for Cedarville University," Brown said in his inaugural response.
Brown`s inaugural message depicted today`s higher education institutions as a fleet of ships which are well-equipped to sail yet lacking in direction. "I believe that higher education must and will play a role in setting a proper course," he said. "Our fleet is ready to sail. Our journey is a great one. ... May God give us grace, courage, and strength for this journey."
Guests included more than 45 delegates from colleges, universities, and learned societies. John Garland, Esq., president of Central State University, welcomed Brown on behalf of colleges and universities. In his welcome statement he remarked, "Central State University and Cedarville University have enjoyed a long historical relationship of support and assistance. ... I hope this relationship will exist for many years to come."
Also included in the ceremony was a Scripture reading by Dr. David P. Jeremiah, chancellor of Christian Heritage College in El Cajon, Calif. Jeremiah is a Cedarville alumnus and the son of the late Dr. James T. Jeremiah, who served as the University`s seventh president.
Chancellor Dr. Paul H. Dixon, the eighth president of the University, offered the invocation, saying "God has smiled upon Cedarville. He has given us a wonderful president in Dr. Bill Brown."
Today`s inauguration marked the formal beginning of Brown`s presidency, which actually began on June 1, 2003. On that date, Brown came to Cedarville from Bryan College (Dayton, Tenn.), where he had invested the previous 18 years of his life. Brown had joined the Bryan faculty in 1984 as an assistant professor for biblical studies and was named Bryan`s academic vice president and provost in 1988. In 1992, he became president and spent the next ten years leading Bryan College to new heights in spiritual, academic, physical, and financial vitality. The College began new endeavors such as a Center for Law and American Government and a worldview experience weekend outreach through his leadership.
A nationally-recognized expert in worldview, Brown has authored three books on the topic (Making Sense of Your Faith; Where Have All the Dreamers Gone?: Observations from a Biblical Worldview; and Making Sense of Your World with Gary Phillips). He is a prolific writer, serving as a guest columnist for WORLD magazine and writing more than a hundred articles for journals, magazines, encyclopedias, and newspapers.
Brown graduated from the University of South Florida and earned his master of theology degree and Ph.D. from Dallas Theological Seminary. He holds memberships in organizations such as the Society of Christian Philosophers, the Evangelical Philosophical Society, and the Evangelical Theological Society. Brown has served on the boards of the Appalachian College Association, the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association, the National Center for Youth Issues, and The National Christian Foundation.
Brown`s inauguration coincides with Cedarville University`s Homecoming celebration. Additional events this weekend include an Inaugural Praise Concert tonight at 8 p.m., an Inaugural Alumni Chapel service Saturday at 11 a.m. (with Brown as the keynote speaker), and an open house for the University`s new Recreation Center on Saturday from 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
These events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the public relations office at 937-766-7808.
Located in Cedarville, Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited Baptist university of arts, sciences, professional, and graduate programs. Offering 100 areas of study to approximately 3,000 students, the University features an award-winning campus computer network and a worldwide Christian ministries program. Visit the University Web site at www.cedarville.edu.