George Odell is a public high school teacher in North Andover, Mass, and a 1998 Master of Education graduate of the AUC Adult Degree Program (BA, Yale, 1972). He spent his formative early years living on the harbor's edge of Manchester “by the Sea” Massachusetts. Divine providence then brought him to live for over 10 years in Shirley Mass, still unaware of AUC's beautiful South Lancaster campus, just miles away. Subsequent to Shirley, in 1973, he moved to Kingston, Jamaica, where he began Bible studies and was later baptized at the Washington Gardens Seventh-day Adventist Church. One year later, with his bride, Hazel, he left his happy life as a teacher at Calabar High School, also in Kingston, to join his new family business, building the fishing dory boats he had admired as a child in Manchester. For 16 years, his family held ownership of Lowell’s Boat Shop, (founded in 1793, Amesbury MA). Soon after that, George returned to work as an educator, Lowell’s having been born into a new life as a working museum. Since 2012, George has been engaged in another rebirth: the restart of AUC as the educational hub of the Atlantic Union Conference.
George serves on the boards of Amesbury Seventh-day Adventist Church, Amesbury Seventh-day Adventist School, and Lowell’s Maritime Foundation,