Feb. 16, 2015
Joining the Atlantic Union College and Lancaster Ma community has been a warm and welcoming experience. Since starting on January 1, 2015 as President of Atlantic Union College, my conviction has been affirmed that God is leading in all matters regarding maintaining the establishment of this institution. Over the more than 130 years of this Christian Seventh-day Adventist educational institution there have been many changes that have impacted the operation of the institution. Yet, God through His people prevailed, and Atlantic Union College has not closed.
Atlantic Union College has entered a phase of “turnaround” as it “re-sets” its direction in the Seventh-day Adventist tradition; and long-standing heritage of being the “cornerstone of Adventist Education”. During the last 4 years, while academic programs were suspended, improvements to the physical plant have taken place. The ongoing maintenance of the campus has kept the facility in useable condition.
Expressions of gratitude are extended to the Seventh-day Adventist constituencies and other supporters of Atlantic Union College for your commitment to providing a Christian Education environment for the Seventh-day Adventist constituency and others pursuing a Higher Education. We plan to continue the legacy, as evidenced by the many graduates who have entered Church service, and those who have become Christian stalwarts in civic and community organizations.
Presently, we’re working on regaining accreditation, re-establishing academic programs, and creating financial stability. We are in pursuit of opportunities for accreditation, we have programs anchored in academic disciplines started or in operation: English Language Institute/ESL (English as a Second Language); the NETS Program (Northeast Evangelism Training School); and the Thayer Performing Arts Center.
Over the last two years the College’s finances has gradually improved. We still need funds for building repair projects on many of our buildings. Our intention is to publish a list of the repair projects on the College web-site, with updates on the amount of funds acquired.
We plan to honor our past Faculty, with recognition on Sabbath afternoon, April 18, 2015, during the Atlantic Union College President segment of Alumni Weekend. Everyone who has ever attended AUC is welcome to attend. More information about Alumni Weekend can be found on the College web-site under the Alumni tab.
From a Seventh-day Adventist historical perspective, Atlantic Union College houses Mrs. Ellen G. White, William and Lucy Miller, and others: furniture, artifacts and memorabilia. All of which will be readied for exhibition as part of the “Heritage Trail” for people to come on the Atlantic Union College campus and see “history”. Eventually, we will open an Art Gallery and Museum to house these precious items entrusted to our College.
It is God’s continued provision through our constituency and supporters that sustains the College. Thank you. Be well in Jesus name.
In Christian Service,
Dr. Avis Hendrickson