In Memory: President Dr. J. Harvey Saunders (1939-2016)

Harvey-SaundersPresident Harvey Saunders, who guided and protected the mission of our College from 1977-1992, passed away at his home in Atlanta on May 25.

“He never lost track of what a world-class institution Westminster could be and worked tirelessly to make it so,” said President Akande in a reflection on Dr. Saunder’s leadership. “He came to the presidency at a time of great challenge.  Enrollment was the lowest it had been in eight years.  Finances were weak.  Yet he was not afraid to make daring changes.  Under his leadership, Westminster College became a co-educational institution in 1979.  Making that happen and the resistance that came with it was not an easy transition for this College, but President Saunders persevered and saw it through.”

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