From the President
By David B. Burks
Graduate education is thriving at the University. Its growth is evident as we add new programs and facilities and continues not only on the Searcy campus but also in locations at Bentonville and North Little Rock, Ark., and since the 1950s, at the Graduate School of Religion in Memphis, Tenn.
The 50th annual commencement ceremonies at the Graduate School May 3 proved a pivotal point in its history, providing time to reflect on humble beginnings as well as thanksgiving for the blessings the School enjoys today with 4,069 alumni spread worldwide.
Located on a beautiful, wooded, 13-acre campus in a residential area, the School's facilities include the original E.L. King mansion, which serves as E.H. Ijams Administration Building; the classroom building named after the first dean, the Dr. W.B. West Jr. Center, built in 1978; and two apartment buildings. At the hub of campus is L.M. Graves Memorial Library with the recently added Oliver and Norma Rogers Research Center. Containing 138,000 volumes and 590 periodicals and annuals received from at least 33 countries, the facility houses a quality collection of religious literature.
The School offers four graduate degrees and a doctoral degree: Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, Master of Arts in Counseling, Master of Divinity, and Doctor of Ministry. All are taught in a community committed to furthering God's work in the world.
Dr. Evertt Huffard, vice president, dean and alumnus, feels the blessing he received as a student must be passed on. He says, "We all want to equip God's people for greater works of service. The faculty and staff all share the same passion for training in ministry. Students who pass through our classes and worship with us each day in chapel will be drawn closer to the Lord. We all seek to integrate the best biblical scholarship with real ministry challenges because it takes more than good intentions to transform lives to the glory of God."
Worship, fellowship, reflection and study have combined for 50 years to transform lives on the Memphis campus. It has and will continue to challenge students academically, intellectually and spiritually. In a word, it is about "transformation."