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Taylor Chosen To Lead Vanguard

On Friday, March 6, 2009, Vanguard University's board of trustees announced the appointment of Dr. Carol Taylor as president of Vanguard University, effective immediately. Taylor joined Vanguard in 2007 as provost and in January 2009 was appointed acting president.

She is the first woman to be appointed president in Vanguard University's nearly 90-year history and is one of only six women presidents within the member institutions of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

Prior to joining Vanguard University, Taylor served for seven years as the vice provost of undergraduate education at Biola University in La Mirada, California. From 1988-2000, she worked in an array of senior management positions at Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey. Taylor's teaching career included appointments at the University of Nebraska - Omaha, Florida State University and Eastern Michigan University. She has taught and/or lectured both in the United States and internationally.

Taylor holds her Ph.D. in multilingual/multicultural education from Florida State University, an M.A. in cross-cultural communication from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary and a B.S. in elementary education from Evangel University.

In announcing the appointment, Dr. Russ Spittler, acting chair of Vanguard's board of trustees, said, "Dr. Taylor's appointment is a reflection of the extraordinary confidence that the board has in her leadership abilities, her even-tempered and clear-eyed managerial judgments, her deep and wide support within the Vanguard community, her capacity to sustain morale and her versatility. We appreciate her willingness to take on this responsibility during these challenging times and look forward to working closely with her."

For further information please contact Jessica Mireles, vice president for enrollment management and communications at 714.556.3610 or See to learn more about the school.


Authors: Patti Ammerman

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