HARRISONBURG, Va. — Eastern Mennonite University’s Presidential Search Committee announced Susan Schultz Huxman as its candidate of choice to be EMU’s ninth president at an April 13 all-campus meeting.
Huxman is president of Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, Ont.
“I am keenly attracted to the many innovative ways in which EMU has blazed the trail for what a premier liberal arts and Anabaptist faith-informed comprehensive university education can and should look like,” Huxman said. “I am honored and eager to embrace this precious opportunity to serve and lead Eastern Mennonite University.”
Later this month, Huxman will visit EMU’s Harrisonburg campus and Lancaster, Pa., site to participate in campus forums, interviews and meetings with administrators, faculty, staff and students.
The Presidential Search Committee will review feedback received during the visits and present a final recommendation to the EMU and Mennonite Education Agency boards by the end of April.
“Dr. Huxman is deeply rooted in the Anabaptist faith and committed to advancing Mennonite higher education,” said Evon L. Bergey, search committee chair and an EMU board member. “She brings a blend of scholarship, presidential experience and a passion for innovative approaches to educating students to serve and lead in a global context.”
Board chair Kay Nussbaum said Huxman “is a visionary, collaborative leader with proven academic, administrative and scholarly capabilities and is uniquely qualified to lead EMU in this period of our history.”
Huxman has served for more than 25 years in higher education in a variety of roles. Prior to her appointment at Conrad Grebel, she was director of the Elliott School of Communication at Wichita (Kan.) State University.
She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in communication studies from the University of Kansas. Her involvements in Mennonite education include serving on the board of MEA from 2001 to 2007 and on the board of Western District Conference of Mennonite Church USA. She graduated from Bethel College in North Newton, Kan.
“Her educational background, teaching, scholarly work and deep commitment to the Mennonite church is a precious gift that will serve EMU, the church and the broader community,” said MEA board chair Judy Miller.
The search is a joint effort of the EMU and MEA boards.
MEA executive director Carlos Romero anticipates the next EMU president will assume office Jan. 1.