TAKOMA PARK, Md. (Apr. 30) – Assistant registrar Deria Gale Anderson Gadsden will retire this summer after 16 years at Washington Adventist University (WAU) and 30 years in Adventist Christian Education. Her service to the University was recognized during alumni weekend, April 12-14, when she was named an honorary alumnus of WAU.
“It has been an honor to work in this vineyard for the Lord. I have learned a deep trust in His plan and purpose for my life,” Mrs. G said. “CUC/WAU has fond memories for me.”
Mrs. G. joined WAU in 1997. Since then, she has impacted the lives of hundreds of students. Tough as nails and loving as a mother, she encourages the values of hard work and pride.
An alumnus of Atlantic Union College and the University of Nebraska, she began her career in education as a teacher’s assistant at Vestal Hills Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) School, Binghamton, New York. She later became school board chair, sat on the board of Union Springs Academy, and served on the K-12 Board of Education for New York Conference. She later moved to Poughkeepsie, and worked at Poughkeepsie SDA School as a teacher assistant. The next stop was Garden State Academy where she worked as assistant registrar, class sponsor and yearbook sponsor.
“The Alumni Association honors one individual every year who, although they never attended WAU, have demonstrated commitment to and love of Washington Adventist University and its students. It was our pleasure to recognize Mrs. G’s many years of service and to officially accept her as an Honorary Alumna,” said Ellie Barker, director of alumni relations.
The Zella Holbert Service Award was present to alumnus Glen Milam (’82) and student Bryan Jones.