On October 5, community leaders, friends of Southern Adventist University, and university employees and students came together to honor servant leaders during the President’s Gala. President David Smith, PhD, hosted the event, recognizing three outstanding individuals from the Chattanooga area for their servant leadership.
This summer Southern Adventist University introduced a free mini library on campus, providing convenient access to books along the promenade and an opportunity for students, employees, and community members to read more this school year. McKee Library partnered with Little Free Libraries to make this project possible.
This summer, Southern Adventist University hosted the Seventh-day Adventist Nurse Educators Conference, exploring the theme of “Transforming Adventist Nursing Education: Theory to Practice.” Sixty-two nurse educators—a record number—attended the three-day conference from eight Adventist colleges and universities: Andrews, Loma Linda, Oakwood, Southern, Southwestern, Union, and Washington Adventist.
On July 27, friends, families, and significant others gathered with Southern faculty, staff, and employees to commemorate a pinnacle moment in students’ lives: college graduation. During this event, 23 graduates received undergraduate degrees, while 35 received master’s degrees.
Southern Adventist University welcomes Rachel Williams-Smith, PhD, as the new dean of the School of Journalism and Communication. Williams-Smith comes to Southern from Andrews University, where she served for four years—most recently as graduate program director of the Communication Department. She has 19 years of teaching experience and eight years of overlapping management experience at the university level.
As Southern Adventist University celebrates 125 years of training young people, it is remarkable to see how God has led. Much has changed since the institution was established in 1892, but its core values of placing God first, nurturing students, and serving others have never wavered. The dedication, sacrifice, and vision that mark Southern’s beginnings have also remained constant.