American Indian College (AG) in Phoenix, Arizona, announced the election of Dr. David DeGarmo as AIC's president. On Tuesday, March 17, the Board of Regents unanimously expressed their confidence in DeGarmo to lead AIC.
"My prayer is that AIC, as a training center for leaders, will be a center of renewal. The first 'splash' of a fresh outpouring of the Spirit must strike the ground somewhere," DeGarmo says. "My desire is that it will be on the campus of American Indian College, where our mission remains to establish a strong Pentecostal theology in the mind and a vibrant Pentecostal experience of the soul. We desire to send out our graduates as grounded, empowered and passionate servants of Jesus Christ."
DeGarmo, who has served the college for the past six years as an instructor, Christian Ministry Department chair, chief academic officer, and prior to this election, as executive vice president (COO) of AIC, brings to this office a wealth of experience and leadership in the field of Christian higher education and ministry.
DeGarmo earned the Bachelor of Music at Evangel University (Springfield, Missouri), the Master of Divinity at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary (Lombard, Illinois), and the Doctor of Ministry from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (Springfield, Missouri). DeGarmo served six years as a minister of music ministry in churches in the Illinois District, and 14 years as senior pastor of two churches, Calvary Temple (Chester, Illinois) and New Life Assembly of God (Dwight, Illinois).
Appointed as an Assemblies of God U.S. missionary in 2002, DeGarmo accepted a position on the staff of AIC as chair of the Christian Ministry Department. He began his second term as an appointed missionary to Native Americans in 2006.
American Indian College is accredited with The Higher Learning Commission and endorsed by the Alliance for Assemblies of God Higher Education. Students may earn the Associate of Arts in Business or Christian Ministry as well as the Bachelor of Arts in Education or Christian Ministry.
AIC has experienced significant growth recently, with enrollment growth of 40 percent over one year ago. While the majority of students are tribally registered Native Americans, the college also serves students from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, including Hispanic and Pacific Islanders.
Learn more about AIC at http://www.aicag.edu.