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Abilene Christian Schools leader to serve as president of Rochester College

Published On: May 16 2013 09:27:12 AM CDT
Updated On: May 16 2013 04:01:27 PM CDT
Education, College Student

From Abilene Christian Schools:

Dr. John Tyson, president and CEO of Abilene Christian Schools, has been selected by Rochester College to serve as its president.

Tyson will officially start his duties as president of the college, located in Rochester Hills, Michigan, on August 1.

“It is with sadness that we see Dr. Tyson step down as the leader of our campus,” said Bryan Shilcutt, Chairman of the ACS Board.  “John has done an incredible job during these past three years.  We have record enrollment with 351 students, a beautifully refurbished gymnasium and a new playground, and a renewed spiritual atmosphere on our campus. Our athletic teams have won state titles during his tenure, and our teaching staff is strong. John has put the School on a continued path toward preparing students for their university education but more importantly to make a difference in this world for God.”

While serving at Abilene Christian Schools, a PreK-12 private Christian school, Tyson developed its strategic vision and long-range plans, increased student enrollment 8 percent, and raised major gifts for capital improvements. Previously, Tyson served as vice president for development for Abilene Christian University, a private institution with about 4,000 students, from 1994-2010. He directed all campus fundraising and advancement activities, securing more than $330 million for ACU in philanthropic gifts. Tyson earned his Ph.D. with an emphasis on rhetorical studies from the University of Texas. A native Texan, Tyson and his wife, Valinda, have three adult children.

“I will greatly miss the wonderful students and faculty and staff of the Christian Schools," says Tyson. "Valinda and I are so happy to see how our three children have flourished at ACS.  We will look back with fondness on the 17 years in which our children have been enrolled here, and the 13 years I served on the Board. ACS has a wonderful history and future.”

Founded in 1959, Rochester College is an accredited, independent liberal arts college that pursues academic excellence in a Christian setting.  With more than 1,200 students, both in traditional, adult learning and early college programs, Rochester offers bachelor degree programs at four locations and a master's degree in religious education.

Chairman Bryan Shilcutt also said, “It is so rare that a school of our size would benefit from having someone of Dr. Tyson’s stature serve with us.  It is a testament to John’s abilities and his commitment to Christian education that Rochester has made this hire.”

The Abilene Christian Schools’ student body will convene in the School’s Gymnasium this Friday, May 17, from 11:50 to 12:10, for the students to wish the Tysons goodbye, before the school year ends.

The Abilene Christian Schools Board of Trustees has begun a search for a new President and CEO of the School.