HC Foundation plans annual dinner

FOR RELEASE
2001-08-30

Huntington, Ind.—The Huntington College Foundation presents its annual dinner on Thursday, September 13 in the Habecker Dining Commons. The evening begins with a reception at 6:00 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.

The special guest speaker will be Dr. Gene Habecker, president of the American Bible Society and former president of Huntington College. As president of the College from 1981 to 1991, Habecker initiated a period of tremendous growth and vitality. Coming to campus in 1979 as Executive Vice President, he spearheaded the development of a bold long-range plan. During his years as president, he saw those plans become reality. New residence halls and apartments were opened, new classroom buildings were constructed, a modern library and fine arts center were built, athletic facilities were significantly expanded, and the campus infrastructure was developed. A new dining commons was opened and named in his honor. Long-term funding commitments were obtained, and faculty development and academic programs were given high priority.

Dr. Habecker is the author of four books: Affirmative Action in the Independent College (1977), The Other Side of Leadership (1987), Leading with a Follower's Heart (1990), and Rediscovering the Soul of Leadership (1996) which has been published in Portuguese (1998) and Spanish (1999). His syndicated radio broadcast, The Open Book, is carried on more than 500 radio stations across the United States.

The cost of the dinner program is $17.50 per person. Tables of eight may be reserved for $120. To make reservations, contact Darlene Fairchild at (260) 356-6000. Payment should be sent to Huntington College Foundation, 2303 College Avenue, Huntington, IN 46750.

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EXECUTIVE PROFI LE
Courtesy of:
AMERICAN BIBLE SOCIETY
1865 BROADWAY
NEW YORK, N.Y. 10023 (212) 408-1325

Eugene B. Habecker, President

Dr. Eugene B. Habecker began his tenure as president of the American Bible Society (ABS) on July 1, 1991.

The mission of the American Bible Society is to make the Holy Scriptures available to every man, woman and child in a language and form each can readily understand, and at a price each can easily afford. Since its founding in 1816, the American Bible Society has distributed well over 6.8 billion Bibles, New Testaments, Scripture Portions and Selections.

American Bible Society grants and programs distributed more than 14 million Bibles and New Testaments in the United States in 1999. Internationally, ABS works through membership in the United Bible Societies (UBS), a global fellowship of 135 national Bible Societies. Most recently, ABS helped to distribute more than 560 million Bibles, New Testaments, Scripture Selections and Portions worldwide.

Dr. Habecker holds degrees from Taylor University and Ball State University, and a doctorate from the University of Michigan. He earned a law degree from Temple University School of Law in 1974 and is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar. He is also a graduate of Harvard University's Institute for Educational Management, and he holds honorary doctorates from several colleges. Dr. Habecker is the author of dozens of articles and four books: Affirmative Action in the Independent College (1977), The Other Side of Leadership (1987), Leading with a Follower's Heart (1990), and Rediscovering the Soul of Leadership (1996) which has been published in Portuguese (1998) and Spanish (1999).

He has served on the boards of several organizations in the United States, including the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), the Council for Christian colleges and Universities, Religion In American Life, and the Christian Management Association. He currently serves on the board of Christianity Today, Inc. Internationally, he chairs the Global Board of the United Bible Societies. Additionally, he also chairs the UBS Administrative Sub-Committee, UBS, Inc. (a Florida corporation), and the United Bible Societies Trust Association (England). Dr. Habecker regularly speaks throughout the United States, Canada, and in other parts of the world.

Dr. Habecker has been interviewed by many of the country's major newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Detroit Free Press, The Arizona Republic, The Dallas Morning News, and The Seattle Times. He also has appeared on many radio and TV programs, including The 700 Club and Robert Schuller’s Hour of Power. His syndicated radio broadcast, The Open Book, is carried on more than 500 radio stations across the United States.

Recipient of a variety of honors, Dr. Habecker has been elected to more than 20 "Who’s Who" lists, including The Directory of American Scholars, Who’s Who in Religion, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, and the International Who’s Who in Education. He has received the Christian Management Award from the Christian Management Association (1989), the Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science Life Enrichment Award (1996) and the NAE Layperson of the Year Award (1999).

Dr. Habecker is married to the former Marylou Napolitano. They are the parents of three children: David, MaryBeth (married to Kyle Jackson, 2001), and Matthew (married to Stefanie Flora, 1999).

For information, contact: Roy Lloyd, 212- 408-8731. Photo available upon request.

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