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Day 1 for New Evangel President

Dr. Carol A. Taylor is greeted with flowers from the Evangel University Board of Trustees upon arrival to her office on her

Evangel University welcomes a new president today. Thursday marks Dr. Carol A. Taylor’s first day on the job, and first time in 40 years that the school has experienced a change at that level.

The school’s third president, Dr. Robert Spence, retired on April 30, and now moves into a part-time role as chancellor.

Dr. Taylor has served as president-elect/CEO since July 2013. Prior to that, she had served as president of Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, Calif.

In a news release, Dr. George Wood, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God and chairman of the Evangel University Board of Trustees, issued a formal welcome.

“On your first day as president of Evangel University, I welcome you on behalf of the Board of Trustees. May your tenure be long and productive!”

A graduate of Evangel in 1973, Dr. Taylor received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the school in 2012. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Evangel, and a master’s in cross-cultural communication from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary at Evangel. She also earned a Ph.D. in multilingual/multicultural education from Florida State University.

On Friday, Evangel will hand out 595 degrees during its 56th annual commencement ceremony, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the James River Church auditorium. 337 traditional undergraduate, 76 adult studies and 68 master’s degrees will be conferred. Also included in the total are 76 bachelor’s degrees from Central Bible College and 38 associate’s degrees from James River Leadership Campus.

Evangel is a national, Christian university of arts, sciences and professions located in Springfield, Mo., and draws 2,400 students from all 50 states and abroad. Evangel offers more than 100 undergraduate academic programs and 10 master’s programs.