Judson Celebrates Rich History, Bright Future at Founders' Day Events | Judson University Christian College
Judson Celebrates Rich History, Bright Future at Founders' Day Events

(Elgin, IL - September 1, 2014) With a legacy that spans more than 100 years, Judson University has much to celebrate as part of this year’s Founders' Day events, Friday, October 17. The independent, Christian liberal-arts institution was established at the Elgin location in 1963, but its history began in 1913 when it was established as the undergraduate arm of Northern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Founders' Day festivities, with the theme “Our Baptist Foundation, Our Baptist Future,” will begin with a 10 a.m. service in Herrick Chapel. Dr. Timothy George will be the guest speaker. Dr. George is the founding Dean of Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Ala., where he has been instrumental in shaping the school’s character and mission as an administrator and instructor. Dr. George is also the Board Chair of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview and the Doctrine and Christian Unity Commission of the Baptist World Alliance, and he is a Life Advisory Trustee of Wheaton College. Dr. George serves as general editor of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture, a 28-volume series of 16-century exegetical comment, and has authored more than 20 books. Among them is Theology of the Reformers, a standard textbook on Reformation theology that is used by many schools and seminaries and has been translated into various languages. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School, and doctorate in theology from Harvard University.

A luncheon will follow the Founders' Day chapel service at the Betty Lindner Campus Commons at 11:30 a.m. Dr. Jerry Cain, Judson Chancellor and former President, will be the speaker. As the fifth president of Judson University, Dr. Jerry Cain was instrumental in ushering the era that moved Judson from being a college to becoming a respected, accredited university. Among his greatest achievements was the construction of the Harm A. Weber Academic Center. After devoting 16 years of his life to the leadership and mission of this great institution, Dr. Cain retired in 2011. As the current Chancellor of Judson University, he continues to travel the United States and internationally educating others about the life and legacy of our great founder, Adoniram Judson.

During the luncheon, the university will honor Dr. E. Harold Harper as the recipient of this year’s Golden Eagle Award for his dedication and service to the university and community. From 1981 to 1992, Dr. E. Harold Harper served as the second Vice President and the Academic Dean at Judson University. He was a department chair of Wheaton College from 1972 to 1981. During his tenure at Judson, he helped to usher in significant changes in the academic programs. Under his charge, the school developed a four-year curriculum to replace what had been an academic trimester system. He was instrumental in expanding the offered majors and bringing the Teacher Education program in house from North Park College. The teacher education program became a model used by others. Dr. Harper, who now lives in Stillwater, Minn., earned a bachelor’s degree in History from Northwest Nazarene College, a master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from Western Michigan University, and a doctorate in Teacher Education from Michigan State University.

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