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Rubel Shelly to step down as Rochester College president

Rubel Shelly

Rubel Shelly will step down next year from the presidency of Rochester College in Michigan.
The Christian college, which is associated with Churches of Christ, reports on its website:

William Anderson, chairman of the Board of Trustees of Rochester College, has announced the beginning of a national search to secure a qualified, experienced and visionary president for the college. The target date for announcing the presidential selection is late Spring 2013, with his or her service to begin in Fall 2013.
At the January 2012 meeting of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Rubel Shelly requested the board initiate a presidential search that would allow him to step away from the president’s role as early as Sept. 1, 2013.
Shelly assumed the role of interim president in Spring 2008, and, at the board’s request, has continued to serve as president during a challenging period of transition in the college’s history. “Dr. Shelly’s tenure has not only witnessed a solidifying of the financial footings of Rochester College but, through his leadership, the college has achieved significant academic and enrollment milestones,” Anderson said.
Under Shelly’s leadership, Rochester College has increased its enrollment from 850 students to just over 1,200 at the start of the 2012-13 academic year. During the same period, the college established a School of Nursing in collaboration with Crittenton Hospital and Medical Center. The School of Nursing has achieved Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education accreditation.

Shelly intends to assume the role of chancellor, oversee the transition of leadership and “return to his most cherished roles of teacher-author within the college community,” according to the release.
Read The Christian Chronicle’s July 2011 front-page story on the future looking brighter at Rochester College.

  • Feedback
    Thank God for Rubel Shelly and for Rochester College! Both have performed immense service to, for and in the kingdom of God and will continue to do so. Our prayers are with Dr. Shelly and Rochester during the search for the college’s next president.
    Alan Henderson
    November, 21 2012

    A Shepherd at heart, Rubel Shelly, will continue to lead, teach, admonish, encourage, and yes, even rebuke when needed, those of us that God had put in his path. His title of President doesn’t do him justice. In a lay-womans heart, he has Shepherded Rochester back to life with an anointing God could only give a man. To God be the Glory! Myra, his beautiful Helpmate, honoring God and Him will also move with the Grace that God has given her to be what God has planned for her also. I will pray for the search for a new President of the College.
    Sincerely Maggie
    Maggie Merryman
    November, 25 2012

    Rubel has done a great job, wish he could stay. But he will always be a great teacher for Christ.
    Terry Hanger
    November, 27 2012

    I remember back in time when Rubel was in college and speaking to young people all over. In the early 70’s, he came to east central Mississippi to speak at a youth forum (for those of you who remember such) and I remember him eating probably 3 or 4 full plates of my mom’s spaghetti. On a more serious level, there are probably very few who understand God’s grace more than Rubel. Great job the last few year’s, Rubel and may you enjoy teaching and writing!
    Kenny Bush
    November, 27 2012

    I obviously didn’t proof read my comments above. Sorry for the errors of puntuation,etc. in my remarks. Rubel is the great writer.
    Kenny Bush
    November, 28 2012

    What an absolutely incredible Christian man! God has worked a wonder through him at Rochester College. Thanks for all you have done and continue to do brother.
    Mike Tune
    November, 28 2012

    I hope you come back to Nashville and continue to work with us at Woodmont Hills. Dean is excellent.I love him, but it would be great if we could have two great ministers.
    April, 25 2013

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