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Partners, December 2011


MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Faulkner honored Billy D. Hilyer for his 25th anniversary as president and CEO during the university’s annual benefit dinner featuring former President George W. Bush.
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley presented a surprised Hilyer with a commendation for his service to Faulkner and the state.
Faulkner’s board of trustees gave Hilyer and his wife, Kay, a crystal award commemorating the anniversary.
Under Hilyer, Faulkner has increased its enrollment, added programs and degrees and expanded its facilities.

SEARCY, Ark. — Neale Pryor, who taught Bible at Harding for 45 years, died Sept. 25. He was 75.
Pryor served as chairman of the Bible department, director of the annual Bible lectureship and vice president of academic affairs. He preached at more than 500 gospel meetings and received Harding’s Distinguished Alumni Award. President David Burks described Pryor as a “pillar of this school.”
“The faculty and his students will remember him as a master teacher,” Burks said at Pryor’s funeral, according to The Link student news website.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Lipscomb has created a new School of TransformAging.
The school will focus on healthy aging and the development of leaders to bring new thinking to the changing landscaping of how society looks at — and experiences — aging, leaders said.
“This program combines a unique interdisciplinary education with engaging and collaborative conversations to bring innovative solutions to aging services,” said a statement by Charla Long, the program’s creator.


OKLAHOMA CITY — The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and Oklahoma Christian are launching a new MBA scholarship program for tribal members.
Ken Johnson, chairman of the university’s Graduate School of Business, said he anticipates most of the Choctaw students will complete the program online.
The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is a federally recognized tribe whose service territory covers 11,000 square miles in rural southeast Oklahoma.


ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich.  — National radio personality Dave Ramsey has chosen Rochester as his educational partner for an online, three-credit personal finance management course.
“More and more college students are asking for courses in personal financial management,” Ramsey said.
“Some of them have watched their older brothers and sisters graduate from college with huge debts hanging over them.”
Rochester President Rubel Shelly said: “College students are telling us they want financial education programs so they can learn how to avoid debt, pay for college and manage their money well.
“Dave Ramsey is on a mission to help Americans take control of their finances, and we’re thrilled to partner with him now to let students study personal finance with the man who ‘wrote the book’ on achieving financial peace.”

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