Eckman named York College president
“We are pleased that Steve Eckman has accepted the important task of leading York College,” said Gibbs. “It is exciting to have such a godly man, who brings many years of successful service in Christian college education. As a graduate and former staff member of the college, Steve’s love and understanding of this great institution makes him a wonderful choice.”
A national presidential search began this past spring after Wayne Baker announced that he would retire by the end of 2008-09 academic year. Baker, who is in the thirteenth year of his presidency, recently accepted a new role as Chancellor of York College and will dedicate his energies totally to fund-raising. Eckman’s appointment is effective Jan. 15.
A native of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Eckman has served the last two years as Executive Vice President at Ohio Valley University located near Parkersburg, W.Va. Before that he was Senior Vice President of Advancement, overseeing outreach functions of the college, including community, church and corporate relations, as well as fund-raising and development.
“LaRee and I are humbled and honored by the opportunity to once again join the York College family,” said Eckman. “York has had a tremendous impact on our lives academically, spiritually, and by blessing us with a wonderful life together. We look forward to serving God together with the dedicated faculty and staff at York in impacting lives of young people and serving the church in the North Central States. We pray our work will allow us, in some small way, to repay this institution for what it has given us.”
Eckman is presently completing work toward a Doctor of Ministry and holds a Master of Divinity degree and a Master of Biblical Studies degree from Abilene Christian University. He has also completed additional coursework in higher education administration from Texas Tech University.
Steve and his wife, LaRee, have two grown sons: Jarred and Jeremy.