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Spence Named Secretary/Treasurer of Maryland Independent College and University Association

spence smTAKOMA PARK, Md. (July 16)- Weymouth Spence, Ed.D. President of Washington Adventist University has been elected secretary/treasurer by The Board of Trustees of the Maryland Independent College and University Association elected, effective July 1, 2013.

He will serve alongside Chairman Kevin Manning, President of Stevenson University; Vice Chair Roger Casey, President of McDaniel College; and Capital Projects Committee Chair, Michael Wood, President of Capitol College.

MICUA is a member-driven organization devoted to serving the interests of independent higher education and supporting the work of campus leaders throughout the State. Established in 1971, the Association provides services to foster cooperative efforts among its member institutions and all segments of higher education. As the voice of independent higher education in Maryland, MICUA seeks to inform the broader public about its member institutions and the vital importance of independent colleges and universities to the future of our State and nation.

Washington Adventist University is a private liberal arts institution located in scenic Takoma Park, Md. Founded in 1904, it is owned by the Seventh-day Adventist Church and offers a Christian education to nearly 1,500 students of all faiths, through eight graduate and 32 undergraduate programs. Its vision is to produce graduates who bring competence and moral leadership to their communities. The 2011 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked the University among the best regional colleges in the northern region and as one of the most diverse.

President Receives Notable Person of Honor Award

President SpenceClick on photo for full-sized imageWashington Adventist University (WAU) President Weymouth Spence, Ed.D., is one of five recipients of the inaugural Notable Person of Honor Award from the Columbia Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. The awards were presented at a special luncheon during year end meetings at the end of November. “Before Dr. Spence came to the university, WAU was on a downward spiral, but thanks to Dr. Spence we have seen an overall financial turnaround, capital improvement and the second highest enrollment in the schools history this fall with 1,402 students. He is loved by the students, respected by the board and challenged by the faculty,” said Rob Vandeman, Columbia Union executive secretary.

Washington Adventist University experienced its highest enrollment ever during the 2011-2012 academic years with a total of 1493 students.

Spence, in his response, said he was surprised to be named an honoree. “This goes to the entire learning community,” he said.

The Notable Persons of Honor Award is a new recognition designed to spotlight conference members for their contribution to the cause of Christ. Other 2012 honorees were: Joyce Newmyer, president of Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, Md.; Larry Boggess, president of the Mountain View Conference; José H. Cortés, president of the New Jersey Conference; and Josephine Benton, a retired pastor.

“People who have grasped the legacy of hope speak up and make a difference in their communities,” said Ken Denslow, assistant to the president of the North American Division in his devotional. “So why not take the opportunity to thank people during their living years for the work they did to advance the legacy of hope in the Seventh-day Adventist Church?”

“Thank you for your contribution to the cause of Christ,” Dave Weigley, president of the Columbia Union, told the honorees. “You've made a difference.”

University Embraces New Higher Education Network

President SpenceWashington Adventist University President Weymouth Spence, Ed.D., Joined Maryland higher education leaders at Montgomery College recently for the inauguration of the Maryland-DC Campus Compact (MDCC), the largest higher education association in the region, comprised of the presidents of 30 colleges and universities.

The President said membership in the organization is in keeping with WAU’s commitment to civic engagement embodied in its mission statement, “This cosmopolitan institution challenges students to seize the opportunities for learning in the nation’s capital in order to become moral leaders in communities throughout the world.”