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After more than two decades of service, President David Seyle has announced his retirement from Andrew College.
Natalie Bannon
McCord Scholar finds purpose in ministry
Kevin Kosh Jr. credits his education at United Methodist-related Rust College with cultivating his faith and preparing him to lead others in ministry. Kosh is on track to become an ordained minister. He hopes to serve in a campus ministry and pursue doctoral work in education so he can teach at the college level.
Pfeiffer University
Pfeiffer University announces that Dr. Jerry Boone will serve as interim president, effective Aug. 10. Dr. Boone, who served Pfeiffer College as dean of student affairs and associate professor of English from 1969-82, will hold this new position until a permanent successor to Michael C. Miller is appointed
Vicki Brown
Applications for the 2015 grants for theological education in Africa, Europe and the Philippines are open through September 30, 2014.
Nicole Burdakin
Three UM-related women's colleges cultivate leadership | GBHEM
Ruth A. Knox, a 1975 graduate and now president of Wesleyan College, knows firsthand the value of a women’s college education.
UMC Cyber Campus   Gateway to global online learning for Christian leadership development | GBHEM
Gateway to global online learning for Christian leadership development. Click here to see an introductory video!
Candler School of Theology  receives grant to explore changes in theological education
Candler will convene Christian educators in cities around the country to examine shifts in theological education.
United Methodist Student Loan Rates Hold Steady as Federal Rates Increase | GBHEM
Even though federal student loan interest rates will increase on July 1, United Methodist student loans will not, the executive director of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s Office of Loans and Scholarships said Tuesday.
H. Sharon Howell to Serve as Interim President
The Board of Trustees has named Rev. H. Sharon Howell as Interim President of Saint Paul School of Theology. Rev. Howell will begin on July 1, 2014 and will serve while the work of the seminary's Presidential Search Committee continues.
Sharai Muonwa
2014 Africa University grads express thanks
Gloria Alitubeera, a Ugandan who earned a degree in business, spoke for many. “I am so happy and grateful to God,” she said. “I give thanks to everyone who helped me to make it. To those who granted me the scholarship that enabled me to study and get this degree, I dedicate it to you.”
Barbara Dunlap-Berg
Hiroshima event challenges peacemakers
The May 24-28 event was the triennial conference of the International Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges and Universities. Exploring “Peace, Reconciliation and Human Rights,” participants learned about the drastic effects of the world’s first atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, and explored ideas for creating a gospel of peace.
YCI - First Round Recipients | GBHEM
Twenty-nine grants totaling $1.36 million have been awarded for programs geared toward increasing the number of young clergy in The United Methodist Church and supporting the young clergy already serving the denomination.
Vicki Brown
Scholar felt called to help children with hydrocephalus | GBHEM
When Mazvita Machinga learned of the plight of children with hydrocephalus through a doctor who treated the children, she was horrified at the superstitions that are still widespread about the condition in which excessive fluid accumulates in the brain.
PARRISH – It turns out the much-publicized “Freshman 15” weight gain is hardly the biggest risk faced by students – especially young women-- on the threshold of their college adventure.
Educating a new generation of peacemakers | GBHEM
“I really like the topic of peace and reconciliation. It’s definitely something I’m interested in outside of school,” said Landon Dixon, a student at Martin Methodist College and a member of First United Methodist Church of Gatlinburg, Tenn. “An opportunity to talk with people and to come do that within The United Methodist Church was really interesting.”
The Rev. Tom Carter talks about his call to serve as a military chaplain | GBHEM
The Rev. Tom Carter talks about how he was planning service as an agricultural missionary when he felt God's call to serve as a military chaplain. Carter, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry's ecclesiastical endorsing agent and director of endorsement, recalls his first tour of duty as a chaplain in Vietnam. Carter says he felt strongly that God had placed him where he needed to serve.
Barbara Dunlap-Berg
Methodist urge peacemaking through education | GBHEM
Against a backdrop of gleaming, 21st century buildings and bustling commerce, Methodist scholars are recalling the horror of the world’s first atomic bomb that decimated Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, and sharing ways to prevent such tragedies in the future.
Kathy Gilbert
Military caregivers face lifelong battles with few resources | GBHEM
They are the “hidden heroes” ––1.1 million parents, spouses and friends serving as caregivers for post-9/11 military veterans. They are overwhelmed, under-trained and mostly unsupported in their unexpected lifelong roles as caregivers.
MTSO founds Seminary Hill Farm | GBHEM
There is a sense among many current and prospective seminary students that their life’s work will require a commitment to preserving, nurturing and sharing the earth’s bountiful gifts. For those students and those they’re preparing to serve, Methodist Theological School in Ohio has founded Seminary Hill Farm, a place of theology, ecology and good food for all.
Ross named Dean of Chapel at Emory University | GBHEM
The Rev. Bridgette Young Ross will become the next dean of the chapel and spiritual life at Emory University beginning July 1 officials at Emory and at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church have announced.
Vicki Brown
Nyadire mission school changes lives of hearing impaired | GBHEM
The 27 deaf or hearing impaired students at the Nyadire Primary School in Mutoko, Zimbabwe, have found more than an education at The United Methodist Church mission. The children and their parents have found hope.
Tom Gillem
AU graduate realizes dreams of improving health care for poor in Malawi | GBHEM
Mercy Chikhosi Nyirongo remembers her early struggles – divorced parents at age 5, minimal education and a teenage marriage with children at a young age. But she prefers now to think about her future goals to lead public health programs in Malawi and perhaps one day even become her country’s health minister.
Nicole Burdakin
Seventy-seven professors and instructors at United Methodist-related schools, colleges, universities and theological schools have received the Exemplary Teacher Award from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry in the 2013-2014 academic year.
Claremont School of Theology Draws Support from UMC Leaders |GBHEM
Nashville, Tenn.: United Methodist leaders are expressing support for Claremont School of Theology in the wake of its separation from the Claremont Lincoln University.
The Rev. Dr. Javier Viera Named New Dean of the Theological School | GBHEM
As an undergraduate, Javier Viera worked as a summer intern for a U.S. congressman and confided to the politician that he loved politics and was considering law school, but also felt a strong calling to become a minister.

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