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VFCC President Receives 2009 Higher Ed Administrator Award

by Office of Marketing | July 02, 2009
Dr. Don Meyer, president of Valley Forge Christian College (VFCC), has been notified of his selection by the Assemblies of God as a Distinguished Higher Education Administrator for 2009. Dr. Meyer was informed of the honor in a letter from Dr. G. Robert Cook, Jr., executive vice president of The Alliance for Assemblies of God Higher Education. The award was established for the purpose of recognizing those Assemblies of God administrators who by consistent excellence in administration have made an outstanding contribution and lifetime commitment to Christian higher education in the Assemblies of God. 

The official award presentation will occur on August 5, 2009, in Orlando, FL, at the biennial General Council of the Assemblies of God. Dr. Meyer began his career in Christian higher education in 1976 when he joined the faculty of North Central Bible College (now North Central University) in Minneapolis, MN. Three years later he was invited to assume the role of Vice President of Academic Affairs, a position he held for the next 18 years. In January, 1997, Dr. Meyer assumed the presidency of Valley Forge Christian College, a position he currently holds. His more than 12 years of leadership at VFCC represents the longest tenure of any VFCC president. 

Dr. Meyer holds an undergraduate degree from Central Bible College in Springfield, MO, an MA degree from Wheaton College Graduate School in Illinois, and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. 

Since 1997, VFCC has grown from 476 to 1201 students. Driving that growth has been an increase from 7 to 24 academic majors, securing regional accreditation in 2002, the launch of a graduate school, and major development of the college's 150 acre campus. In 2009, the VFCC board of trustees voted to pursue university status for the college, an achievement expected by or before 2014 when the college will celebrate its 75th anniversary. 

When asked to comment on the award, Meyer responded with characteristic humility. "I am more accustomed to granting such recognitions than receiving them. I am moved and honored to have been so recognized."