In June 2013, Laurel University (formally John Wesley College, High Point, N.C) approached IWU with the offer for us to take over programs that specifically serve international students. These programs have a long history of offering courses in several Spanish speaking countries and in Haiti.
“From early conversations the mission fit was evident and the call to action was undeniable.” Says Dr. Brock Reiman, Vice President of Academic Affairs, College of Adult and Professional Studies (CAPS).
In addition to four current Laurel University employees, there are four degree programs that will come to us from Laurel, serving approximately 500 students. These programs are:
AA in Theological Studies
BA in Theological Studies
Master in Theological Studies
MEd in Christian Education
Dr. Wayne Schmidt, Vice President for the Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University says, “This is a very significant step forward for our University and The Wesleyan Church.” This, according to Dr. Paul Garverick, who worked alongside an outstanding team to develop this unique relationship and programs “…will be fully accredited under IWU’s Higher Learning Commission (HLC) umbrella and will be IWU degrees.” An interesting aspect to this new opportunity includes ministry training as well. Garverick comments that in The Wesleyan Church “they would qualify for Ordination and licensing courses, however the courses will need to be reviewed by Education and Clergy Development Office at Headquarters.”
As of July 1, these programs will become part of the College of Adult and Professional Studies at Indiana Wesleyan University. This acquisition is an historic event full of incredible possibilities and influence that we can only imagine. Please pray for a smooth transition for all these students as we introduce them to Indiana Wesleyan University!
On an additional note, Dr. Bob Brumley has accepted the position of Director, Division of Global Academic Programs (GAP) with IWU. In this role he will coordinate, with the other CAPS academic units, the delivery of degree programs in various international locations. Dr. Brumley will begin his duties on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at the Miami, Florida office. Dr. Brumley earned his Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale in Educational Administration and Higher Education.
Dr. Bob Brumley comes to Indiana Wesleyan University with an extensive background in higher education, pastoral ministry and missions. Most recently, he served as the Dean of Education at Laurel University as well as the Director of Laurel’s International Division office in Miami, Florida.