ANGWIN, Calif. — In July of 2017, Dr. Robert A. Cushman Jr. became the new president of Pacific Union College. On April 20, 2018, the college officially installed Cushman as the 23rd president in a special inaugural ceremony, succeeding Dr. Eric Anderson.
The inauguration began with a procession of distinguished guests, including trustees, faculty and staff, representatives from other Adventist schools, and student representatives, among others, with many of them bedecked in colorful academic regalia. The PUC Church was filled with faculty, staff, students, community members, and family and friends, welcoming Cushman and celebrating the college’s history and future.
Ceremony - Music - Vox - Pro - Musica
The ceremony included music from Vox Pro Musica, the PUC Chorale, the Brass Quintet, and a special presentation from "The Beatitudes," a 40-minute cantata based on Matthew 5 and composed and conducted by Asher Raboy, PUC resident artist.
Several responsive readings involved notable dignitaries in attendance, including Dr. Gordon Bietz, associate director of higher education of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists; Dr. Ronald Carter, provost of Loma Linda University; Diane Dillon, Napa County supervisor; Ricardo Graham, president of the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and member of the PUC Board of Trustees; Bradford Newton, executive secretary of the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and chair of the PUC Board of Trustees; and Dr. Richard Osborn, vice president of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission and past PUC president.
Morning - Ritual - Statement - Pacific - Union
“This morning’s ritual is a statement. It’s intended to remind us that Pacific Union College has deep roots, and we’re part of a tradition that began long before 1882 and that first day of classes in Healdsburg,” said Anderson. He presented the college’s gift to Cushman, stressing it must be “the right sort of gift” for the intended recipient, and also as a reminder of who we...
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