Two Retirement Receptions to honor Huckeby

President and Mrs. Ed Huckeby

Southwestern Christian University will host two special farewells receptions on differing days honoring President and Mrs. Ed Huckeby next week.  Both receptions will be at the North Dorm Conference Center and refreshments will be provided. The first reception, sponsored by the SCU Board of Regents, is Tuesday, April 29, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The Tuesday event is open to the public and all alumni, friends and supporters are encouraged to attend.

A second, university-sponsored reception, will be on Thursday, May 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. All SCU students, faculty and staff are invited to join in celebrating the Huckebys and their time on campus.

Last August, Dr. Huckeby announced that he was retiring at the end of 2013-14 academic year. The announcement marked the end of a brilliant 38-year career in higher education, including almost five years at the helm at SCU.

Huckeby was appointed by the SCU Board of Regents as the University’s new President in September of 2009. He was formally inaugurated as the school’s 11th president in May of 2010.

During his tenure at SCU, Huckeby oversaw a period of great transformation at the institution, including unprecedented enrollment growth, the review and modification of the university’s baccalaureate degree programs, the hiring a significant number of full-time faculty members, many with Ph.D. credentials, and the transitioning the athletic program into full NAIA membership. In addition, a number of campus enhancements and facility improvements were completed, most notably the construction of the North Dormitory in 2011.

“Our campus and community will be eternally grateful to President and Mrs. Huckeby for their leadership over the past four years,” Kevin J. Jean, SCU Vice President of University Advancement, said. “Our rapid enrollment growth and transition would not have been possible without their vision and determination to move our great institution forward.”