February 15, 2013
Olivet University leaders made a strong presence this week at the 66th Annual Meeting of the Associations for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE).
Presidents, Academic officers, and other administrators of ABHE-member schools gathered for the annual event in Orlando, Fla. under the theme of "Quality Assurance and Disruptive Innovation: Can They Coexist?"
This year's meeting celebrated the recent dedication of "The Frances and Henry Weber Center for Leadership Development," which serves as the new home for ABHE. Attendants from the event had the opportunity to tour the new headquarter office during its open house event Thursday evening. Citing Psalm 126, the ABHE President Dr. Ralph Enlow, Jr. wrote that moving to the new center was "like a dream” in his report. Mr. Henry Weber, the leading donor for the new ABHE office, was also present at the event greeting guests.
Keynote speakers for the plenary sessions included Steve Moore, the President of Mission Nexus, and Riad Kassis, the International Director of the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education (ICETE). David Klob from Kingswood University led worships at the event with a choir comprised of students from ABHE institutions. The meeting also provided over 30 workshops from numerous presenters.
Olivet University had seven representatives in attendace to support the Biblical Higher Education movement, which included Dr. Tracy Davis, the University President, Dr. Walker Tzeng, the COO, Dr. John Xiao, the Dean of Olivet College of Business, Mr. Nathanael Tran, the Dean of Administration, Mr. Jonathan Park, the Program Director of Olivet Theological College & Seminary, and Dr. William Wagner and Dr. Joseph Ray Tallman, the Co-presidents of Zinzendorf School of Doctoral Studies. Both Dr. Davis and Dr. Tzeng serve in ABHE as the Chair of the Nominating Committee and a member on the Board of Directors, respectively.
ABHE has over 100 Bible-based institutions, which Olivet is an accredited member. The next annual meeting will take place at the Wyndham Hotel in Orlando, Florida from Feb. 19-22, 2014.