IWU Convocation Bestows Honors and Highlights New Details on Partnership

Tony Maidenberg Award Recipient

_JN_5045What a true honor it was this week to present Alex Huskey the 2014 Tony Maidenberg Award for community service in front of IWU faculty and staff during Indiana Wesleyan University’s annual back-to-school convocation.

Pastor Huskey has nearly 25 years of experience in law enforcement, first as a member of the Marion Police Department, and in recent years, as the superintendent of the Indiana Excise Police and the chairman of the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission. He also has served as the pastor of New Bethany Church of God in Christ since 2007, and previously served as the associate pastor of the church for 20 years.

Alex has been immersed in the highest forms of community service and he exemplifies all that the Tony Maidenberg award represents. I look forward to our continued association as he begins a new form of service as the President of the Marion campus of Ivy Tech community college.

And congratulations also to the many faculty and staff who were recognized for their outstanding achievements and service to IWU.

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IWU Formalizes Partnership with Australia Campus

WI-to-ExcelsiaIt was also my distinct pleasure to announce the partnership between IWU and Wesley Institute in Sydney, Australia, making their global Christian learning community a reality. Wesley Institute and IWU formalized on August 5, a partnership by which Wesley Institute seeks to become the foundation for the first global Christian university in Australia with plans to develop multiple campuses across the Asia Pacific region.

Wesley Institute is a leading Christian college in Australia – celebrating over 30 years of operation in higher education. Indiana Wesleyan University has 94 years of experience in Christ-centred higher education. Combined, we have the expertise to roll out Christian higher education across a broader range of undergraduate and postgraduate areas. In coming weeks, an application will be lodged with TEQSA for registration of Wesley Institute as a University College.  Subsequently the college plans to apply for registration as an Australian University.

Also, in January 2015, Wesley Institute will change its name to Excelsia College.  Excelsia, ‘a community where people excel’, embodies the institution’s passion for the pursuit of academic, artistic and professional excellence within a Christian environment. It is anticipated that Wesley Institute will relocate to a new campus in 2015. New courses could be offered as early as Semester 1, 2016.

I’m so grateful for Professor Bridget Aitchison, Vice Chancellor for Asia-Pacific and for Wesley Institute Chief Executive, Dr Greg Rough and his team. My prayer is that their diligent efforts reap rewards with God’s abundant blessing. What a privilege it is to co-labor across continents for the furthering of His kingdom.

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