Community invited to retirement celebration for Dowdens

HUNTINGTON, Ind. — The community is invited to a retirement celebration for Huntington University President G. Blair and Mrs. Chris Dowden at 6:30 p.m. May 21 in the upper level of Habecker Dining Commons. The Dowdens will be retiring after 22 years of service on May 31.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP by May 14 by calling or emailing Darlene Fairchild at 260-359-4005 or

Dowden became the university’s 12th president in 1991. Under his leadership, the Christian liberal-arts campus doubled its enrollment, tripled its endowment and constructed or remodeled eight buildings. Academic programs were significantly expanded for undergraduate, adult and graduate students, and some of the university’s largest and fastest-growing degree programs were launched, including nursing and digital media arts. Most notably, the institution transitioned from “college” to “university” in 2005.

On April 26, Dr. Sherilyn Emberton was named the 13th president of HU. She will begin her services on June 1. She is currently the provost and vice president for academic affairs at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas.
Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution a “Best Midwestern College.” Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).


Heather Barkley
Director of Communications
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