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Alabama educator dies at 62

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Rex A. Turner Jr., who succeeded his late father as president of the university formerly known as Southern Christian, died unexpectedly Aug. 11. He was 62.
Regents of Amridge University, a pioneer in distance education among Churches of Christ, voted Aug. 14 to appoint Stanley Douglas Patterson as interim president.
“The 40-year Turner legacy at Amridge University is rich and strong,” said Roger Dill, chairman of the regents. “This board believes Stanley Douglas Patterson is the right man to guide the university during this time of transition and continued development.”
Patterson had served as Amridge’s vice president of academic affairs since 2002.
Turner spent almost all of his life in Montgomery in some phase of Christian education.
From the time he was 18 years old, he preached in Churches of Christ. He also taught history and Bible at Alabama Christian College, now known as Faulkner University, until he joined the Alabama Christian School of Religion faculty in 1975. He later served as dean of students, as vice president of administrative affairs and, beginning in 1987, as president of the school, which changed its name to Southern Christian University in 1991.
In 2006, Southern Christian changed its name to Regions University.
After a financial company with that name filed a civil lawsuit charging federal trademark infringement, the university changed its name again earlier this year.
Amridge is known for its programs that merge traditional, rigorous student scholarship with online learning and non-traditional instructional avenues, the university said in a news release. It offers the Ph.D. in biblical studies and in marriage and family therapy.

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