University of Jamestown’s President Robert S. Badal has been elected chair of the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities (APCU) for 2013-2014.
“Bob has been an active member of APCU since becoming president at Jamestown,” says Gary Luhr, Executive Director of APCU. “He regularly attends our annual college presidents’ conference, and he has demonstrated a commitment to maintaining Jamestown’s connection to the Presbyterian Church (USA). He brings imagination and a sense of humor to the position of chair, two qualities every leader should possess.”
Dr. Badal sees the upcoming year as a year of change, as several of the organization’s 61 member colleges will experience transitions in leadership.
“We have 13 new incoming college presidents,” he says. “I think it will be a special responsibility this year to help them become effective leaders for their campuses.”
Dr. Badal came to University of Jamestown in 2002 and has more than 30 years’ experience as a senior administrator in higher education. He earned his Ph.D. in theatre from Northwestern.
University of Jamestown’s relationship with the Presbyterian Church dates back to the College’s founding in 1883 by Presbyterian settlers looking to establish a college in Dakota Territory.
“Higher education was a special mission for the Presbyterian Church from the beginnings of our national identity, and University of Jamestown was originally founded here as part of the country’s westward expansion,” says Dr. Badal. “The establishment of Liberal Arts colleges fits well with the Presbyterian commitment to service and the search for truth, and our Journey to Success experience highlights that commitment in today’s students.”
APCU is an independent, not for profit organization of more than 60 private colleges and universities that have an historic relationship to the Presbyterian Church (USA). The association promotes and provides resources to its member institutions and advocates the mission of higher education in the Reformed tradition.