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Judson University Announces Founders' Day Speaker and Celebration

Rev. Sharon Koh(ELGIN, IL – Sept. 9, 2019) Judson University announces its upcoming Founders’ Day Celebration, which will feature Rev. Sharon T. Koh, Executive Director/CEO of the American Baptist International Ministries. The annual event will be held on Oct. 18 at Herrick Chapel (1151 N. State St., Elgin), and will highlight this year’s Golden Eagle Award winner.

Following the Founder’s Day chapel, there will be a luncheon for alumni and special guests in the Reed Room in Lindner Tower. Tickets are $20 and require an RSVP by Oct. 11.

Rev. Koh serves as the Executive Director of the American Baptist International Ministries. She exudes an unmistakable and contagious passion for God’s mission in the world and is constantly looking for collaborative ways to bring God’s kingdom “on earth as it is in heaven.” Currently residing in Philadelphia, Koh is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary and Westmont College. She enjoys travel, photography, and food from a diverse range of cultures.

The day’s events will focus on celebrating Judson University’s beginning in 1913 as the undergraduate arm of Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. Judson established its Elgin location in 1963 and was named for Adoniram Judson, the first Protestant missionary sent from North America to preach in Burma (Myanmar). It became a full-fledged university in 2007.

The 2019 Golden Eagle Award Winner will be Merrie Meadows, Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors for W. R. Meadows, Inc., a family-owned and operated construction materials manufacturer based in Hampshire, Ill. The distinguished award recognizes those who have made a significant contribution to the Judson community over the 56 years of the school’s history.

Meadows has been fully engrained into the family business since her youth and started her career at W. R. Meadows in 1967. After raising her two sons, she returned to the company in 1979. In her 40-year career at W. R. Meadows, she has worked in several departments, including accounting, office management, and executive management. While holding important leadership positions, she also attended Judson University to further her education. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Human Resources in 2011, and then continued her studies in the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program. When the MBA degree became available at Judson, she entered that program and graduated in 2015. In addition to her responsibilities at W. R. Meadows, Inc., Meadows serves as a board member for Judson’s World Leaders Forum, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, YWCA, and AMITA Health Saint Joseph Hospital. She also has served as president of Presence Foundation – AMITA Health, Fideliter Club and the Donor Club of Elgin.

To learn more or sign up for the Founder’s Day Luncheon, RSVP by October 11 by clicking here.

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