College president to take pastoral position


David Smith, president of Union College, and his wife, Cherie, will leave Lincoln this summer to take positions on the pastoral staff of the Collegedale Adventist Church in Tennessee.

David Smith, president of Union College, announced this week that he will resign at the end of the school year and move to Tennessee where he and his wife, Cherie, will join the pastoral team of the Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church.

David and Cherie, currently a pastor at the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church, have served Union College for 13 years. “We had hoped and prayed to remain at Union College until retirement,” David said. “But Cherie and I have always done what God convicted us to do. That is why we came to Union College thirteen years ago. And that is why we are moving to Tennessee this summer.”

During Smith’s tenure, Union College has seen enrollment peak at more than 1000 students for the first time in 24 years and the launch and development of two highly successful programs: Master of Physician Assistant Studies and international rescue and relief. “It has been such a blessing to work with all the wonderful people at Union College and see how God has blessed this campus over the past 13 years,” he said. “I know that He has many great things in store as Union continues to offer a high quality, Christ-focused educational experience.”

“We wish Dave and Cherie the continued blessings of heaven upon their ongoing ministry as they wrap up this school year here in Lincoln and then transition over the summer to a new challenge,” said Tom Lemon, chair of the Union College Board of Trustees. “David’s leadership over the past 13 years has been very valuable and will be greatly missed. However, the board and administrative team have a strong commitment to move forward with the vision and future plans that have been established under his guidance.”

The Union College Board of Trustees will begin the search process for a new president at the regularly scheduled board meeting on May 6.

To read additional comments from board chair Tom Lemon, click here.

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