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Rochester College names John Tyson president

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. — Rochester College has named John Tyson, president and CEO of Abilene Christian Schools in Texas, as its ninth president.
Tyson will succeed Rubel Shelly, who announced plans in late 2012 to step down. The college, associated with Churches of Christ, selected Tyson after a nationwide search.
“The college has a great history and a bright future,” Tyson said. “The commitment of the faculty, staff and board of trustees to produce graduates who desire to serve and lead, excel in learning and live out their Christian faith is impressive and inspiring.”
A native Texan, Tyson and his wife, Valinda, have three adult children.
While serving at Abilene Christian Schools, a private Christian school serving grades pre-kindergarten through 12, Tyson developed a strategic vision and long-range plans, increased student enrollment 8 percent and raised major gifts for capital improvements.
Tyson served as vice president for development for Abilene Christian University from 1994 to 2010. He directed all campus fundraising and advancement activities, securing more than $330 million for ACU in philanthropic gifts.
“With years of quality experience in higher education development and administration, Dr. Tyson is a visionary leader,” said William Anderson, chairman of the college’s board of trustees. “He will continue to help Rochester College achieve its mission of preparing strong, contributing citizens by providing an excellent liberal arts education in a Christian environment.”
Shelly, who will continue to teach at Rochester, said, “Dr. Tyson has just the right skill set for the opportunities before us.” He called Tyson “the right person to take Rochester College to the next level.”

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