T H E I N A UG U R A T ION
ROBERT A. CUSH M A N J R. A S T H E T W E N T Y-T H I R D PR E SI DE N T OF PACI F IC U N ION COL L EGE
A BOUT PACIFIC UNION COLLEGE Founded in 1882, Pacific Union College is a fully accredited Seventh-day Adventist Christian college nestled in the mountains of Napa Valley. PUC offers a comprehensive, liberal arts education to more than 1,200 students. PUC has also been recognized for its diverse student population, committed faculty, and high acceptance rates of its graduates into medical school, dental school, and prestigious graduate programs. The college is committed to providing students with an exceptional undergraduate experience focused on outstanding academics and Christ-centered values of mission, service, and social justice.
MISSION STATEMENT Pacific Union College is a Seventh-day Adventist learning community offering an excellent Christ-centered education that prepares its students for productive lives of useful human service and uncompromising personal integrity.
PACIFIC UNION COLLEGE PRESIDENTS Healdsburg Campus
SI DN E Y BROW NSBERGER 1882-1886 W I L L I A M C. GR A I NGER 1886-1894 F R A N K W. HOW E 1894-1897 RODER ICK S. OW EN 1897-1899 M A R ION E. C A DY 1899-1903 ELTON D. SH A R PE 1903-1904 WA R R EN E. HOW EL L 1904-1906 LUC A S A . R EED 1906-1908
C. WA LT ER I RW I N 1909-1921 W I L L I A M E. N EL SON 1921-1934 WA LT ER I. SM I T H 1934-1943 H EN RY J. K LOOST ER 1943-1945 PERC Y W. CH R IST I A N 1945-1950 JOH N E. W E AV ER 1950-1954 H EN RY L . SON N EN BERG 1954-1955 R AY W. FOW L ER 1955-1963 F LOY D O. R I T T EN HOUSE 1963-1972 JOH N W. C A S SEL L J R. 1972-1983 D. M A LCOL M M A X W EL L 1983-2001 R ICH A R D C. OSBOR N 2001-2009 H E AT H ER J. K N IGH T 2009-2017 ER IC A N DER SON 2017 ROBERT A . CUSH M A N J R. 2017-
ROBERT A. CUSHM A N JR. On May 11, 2017, the Pacific Union College Board of Trustees announced DR. ROBERT A . CUSH M A N J R . had been selected as the new president of Pacific Union College. Previously, Dr. Cushman served as the vice president for academic administration for Walla Walla University in College Place, Washington, and has spent the last 26 years in Adventist education serving in various capacities. He began his presidency on July 1, 2017, and is the college’s twenty-third president in its 135-year history. Dr. Cushman received his bachelor’s degree in biology at Walla Walla College (now University) in 1979, his master’s degree in geology at Loma Linda University in 1983, and his Ph.D. in geology from Colorado School of Mines in 1994. After spending several years as a geologist and paleontologist, Dr. Cushman felt God’s calling to education, and in 1994 went to Loma Linda University to teach. In the 12 years he was there, he wore many hats: assistant professor, associate department chair, and chair of the department of earth and biological sciences. He conducted research in Western Colorado and Wyoming, and advised graduate student research. Additionally, under his administrative duties, he oversaw the department’s budget and coordinated the undergraduate geology program. In 2006, Dr. Cushman went to El Dorado Adventist School in Placerville, California, where he took on the role of vice principal while teaching grades 7-12. He was there for two years before he accepted a position as professor of paleobiology at Walla Walla University in the department of biological sciences. Dr. Cushman taught in the department of biological sciences and served as department chair for four years, then accepted the position of vice president for academic administration at the university in 2012. During his four and a half years as vice president, Dr. Cushman provided administrative and academic leadership while coordinating all formal instructional services of the university. He hired nearly 40 faculty members and implemented a new student evaluation process. Dr. Cushman is a passionate Adventist educator who looks forward to helping PUC as the college continues to develop its new strategic plan. His commitment to collaborative efforts and willingness to partner with faculty, staff, and students, makes him a great addition to the college’s administration team. He is married to Judy Cushman, a school psychologist who serves PUC as the disabilities support service coordinator. The couple has two sons, both of whom are married with children and live abroad.
T H E I N A UG U R A T ION OF
ROBERT A. CUSH M A N J R. PRELUDE Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele (Rejoice Greatly O My Soul) BY G. BOEH M J EF F R E Y J U BEN V I L L E
PROCESSIONA L March on Lasst uns erfreuen (Let Us with Great Gladness) BY J. N I XON ORG A N
IN VOCATION R IC A R DO GR A H A M : Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3) A L L: Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people
he chose for his inheritance. (Psalm 33:12) R IC A R DO GR A H A M : The Lord says to you, “I will make them and the places surrounding my hill a blessing. I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing.” (Ezekiel 34:26)
H Y MN OF PR A ISE All Creatures of Our God and King J EN EL L E W EST ER BECK A N DER SON, Assistant Professor of Music, Conductor JOH N M I L HOL L A N D, Director, Brass Quintet VOX PRO M USIC A , PUC CHOR A L E, PUC BR A S S QU I N T ET, ORG A N
RESPONSI V E REA DING A Litany of Blessings ST E V E WAT ER S:
For the blessings of a new beginning, M EG A N W EEMS:
And for instruction in wisdom and grace,
A L L: We are thankful. BR A N DON PA R K ER:
For the blessings of our fields and forests, K EL L I E L I N D:
And for the gift of loyal alumni, A L L: We are thankful. DA L E W I T H ER S:
For the blessings of our Adventist heritage, G OR DON G. BI ET Z:
And for the sisterhood of Adventist colleges and universities, A L L: We are indeed thankful. EM A N U EL A N D M A RG A R ET SCROFA N I:
For the blessings of our local community, DI A N E DI L LON:
For the beauty of our home in the Napa Valley, J EN N I F ER T Y N ER:
And for all our students and their families, A L L: We are thankful. M A R K W I TA S:
For the blessings of our local congregation, R ICH A R D OSBOR N:
For the community of higher education around the globe, NA NC Y L ECOU RT:
And for our faithful staff and faculty, A L L: We are thankful. H ER NA N GR A NA DOS:
Finally, for the blessing of this new president, J E A N SH EL DON:
For his leadership, his humility, and his dedication, A L L: We are indeed thankful.
PRESENTATION OF A GIFT FROM THE COLLEGE ER IC A N DER SON
SPECI A L MUSIC Blessed Are the Pure of Heart from The Beatitudes BY A SH ER R A BOY World Premiere A SH ER R A BOY VOX PRO M USIC A , PUC CHOR A L E, PUC BR A S S QU I N T ET, ORG A N
INTRODUCTION OF THE SPEA KER NA NC Y L ECOU RT
HOMILY Mt. Blessing RONA L D C A RT ER
THE INSTA LL ATION BR A DFOR D N E W TON:
Because of the A lmighty, who blesses you with blessings of the skies above, blessings of the deep springs below … Your blessings are greater than the blessings of the ancient mountains, than the bounty of the age-old hills. (Genesis 49:25) NA NC Y L ECOU RT:
A ll these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God. (Deuteronomy 28:2) R IC A R DO GR A H A M:
The Lord says to you, “Then you will know that I, the Lord your God, dwell in Zion, my holy hill.” ( Joel 3:17) The Lord will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. (Deuteronomy 28:8) BR A DFOR D N E W TON:
You have been set apart to the Lord today … and he has blessed you this day … and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you. (Exodus 32:29)
PRESENTATION OF THE PRESIDENTI A L MEDA LLION BR A DFOR D N E W TON ROBERT CUSH M A N J R.:
Now be pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, Sovereign Lord, have spoken, and with your blessing the house of your servant will be blessed forever. (2 Samuel 7:29)
RESPONSI V E REA DING From the Song of Moses and Miriam (Psalm 15) ROBERT CUSH M A N J R.:
The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him,my father’s God, and I will exalt him. A L L: In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed.
In your strength you will g uide them to your holy dwelling. ROBERT CUSH M A N J R.:
You will bring them in and plant them on the mountain of your inheritance— A L L: The place, Lord, you made for your dwelling,
the sanctuary, Lord, your hands established. ROBERT CUSH M A N J R.:
The Lord reigns for ever and ever.
FINA L BLESSING A L L: And the people blessed the Lord’s servant and then went home,
joyful and glad in heart for all the good things the Lord had done for his servant and his people. (1 Kings 8:66) NA NC Y L ECOU RT:
Stand up and praise the Lord your God, who is from everlasting to everlasting. (Nehemiah 9:5) A L L ( standing): Blessed be your glorious name, and may it be exalted above all blessing and praise. (Nehemiah 9:5) R IC A R DO GR A H A M:
“Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the Lord A lmighty. Amen. (Malachi 3:12)
RINGING OF THE HEA LDSBURG BELL RECESSIONA L Te Deum BY M. A . CH A R PEN T I ER ORG A N
POSTLUDE Lasst uns erfreuen BY J. K LOPPER S ORG A N
PROGR A M PA RTICIPA NTS ER IC A N DER SON, PH.D., Professor Emeritus of History, and Director, Walter C. Utt Center for Adventist History and Research & Media Center J EN EL L E W EST ER BECK A N DER SON, D.M.A.,
Assistant Professor of Music, Conductor G OR DON G. BI ET Z, D. M I N., Associate Director, Higher Education,
North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists RONA L D C A RT ER, PH.D., Provost, Loma Linda University ROBERT CUSH M A N J R., PH.D., President DI A N E DI L LON, J.D., Napa County Supervisor, District Three R IC A R DO GR A H A M, D.M I N., President, Pacific Union Conference
of Seventh-day Adventists, and Member, Board of Trustees H ER NA N GR A NA DOS, M.DI V., Associate Dean of Men J EF F R E Y J U BEN V I L L E, M.M US., Organist NA NC Y L ECOU RT, PH.D., Academic Dean and Vice President for Academic Administration K EL L I E L I N D, B.S., Chief Advancement Officer JOH N M I L HOL L A N D, Director, Brass Quintet BR A DFOR D N E W TON, D.M I N., Executive Secretary, Pacific Union Conference
of Seventh-day Adventists, and Chair, Board of Trustees R ICH A R D OSBOR N, PH.D., Vice President, Western Association of Schools and
Colleges Senior College and University Commission BR A N DON PA R K ER, M.B. A ., Vice President for Financial Administration A SH ER R A BOY, M.F. A ., Resident Artist, Composer, and Conductor EM A N U EL A N D M A RG A R ET SCROFA N I, R ET I R ED,
Angwin Community Members J E A N SH EL DON, PH.D., Professor of Old Testament J EN N I F ER T Y N ER, M. A ., Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Life,
Enrollment, and Marketing ST E V E WAT ER S, D. A ., Professor of Mathematics M EG A N W EEMS, President, Student Association M A R K W I TA S, D.M I N., Lead Pastor, Pacific Union College Church DA L E W I T H ER S, B.S., Director of Facilities Management
FEATURED SPEA KER DR. RONA L D C A RT ER is an executive vice president of Loma Linda University Health, Loma Linda Universityâ€™s nonprofit corporate organization, and is university provost and chief academic officer.
His field of training is as a populations and conservation geneticist, and his post-doctoral work is in molecular systematics. Dr. Carter is a published editor and author of scientific books and papers on conservation and the genetics of speciation. Dr. Carter is an ordained Adventist minister, and has served as youth pastor at the Arlington Adventist Church, and college chaplain and religion teacher at Walla Walla University. At Loma Linda University, he has served as a researcher, mentor of graduate students, department chair, dean, vice chancellor, and now provost. Dr. Carter has taught courses in genetics, cell biology, molecular ecology, animal behavior, sociobiology, and more, at both undergraduate and graduate levels. His research has included studies in the Galapagos, the Amazon, the Bahamas, the Puget Sound of western Washington, China, and Indonesia. His DNA studies have included populations of sea birds, fish, shrimp, lizards, turtles, and sunflowers. Dr. Carterâ€™s interest in iguanas has led him to serve as co-organizer of a symposium on the creatures for the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, consulting editor of the Journal of International Iguana Society, and as a voting member of the West Indian Iguana Specialist Group for the International Union of Conservationists and Naturalists and Species Survival Group. In 2010, Dr. Carter led Loma Linda University into regional re-accreditation with such success that he was recently elected to his second term as a WSCUC (WASC) commissioner. Dr. Carter has been named Alumnus of the Year by both Loma Linda School of Science & Technology (2008) and Columbia Union College (2002). From the latter he earned a B.A. in biology in 1969, and from the former, a Ph.D. in biology with a concentration in genetics in 1977. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and has presented his research across the country and around the world. Dr. Carterâ€™s wife, Kathleen, is a retired nurse educator. They have been married for 47 years and have three children (two daughters, one son) and five grandsons.
FEATURED COMPOSER Primarily a pianist, A SH ER R A BOY began his love affair with music at the age of five, when his father finally agreed to buy a piano, with the caveat that Raboy and his sister would then practice 30 minutes every day. They did. When he was in third grade, Raboy’s dad gave him a full Brahms symphony score and a recording of the piece. Raboy spent hours studying and listening until he understood the score, and by the time he was in sixth grade, he was conducting the elementary school band, as he was the only student in the school who could read scores. Raboy earned his bachelor of arts in music at Binghamton University in New York, then went on to achieve his master of fine arts degree from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Since then, he has held positions of assistant conductor, codirector, conductor, music director, executive director, resident artist, guest conductor, and more for various philharmonics, orchestras, symphonies, and theater companies across the country, from New York to California and various places between. This includes a 20-year tenure as the music director of the Napa Valley Symphony in California, and his now-11 years of teaching and conducting at Pacific Union College. An avid composer, Raboy’s achievements include 29 orchestral arrangements, nearly a dozen wind ensemble pieces, and dozens more original chamber music, vocal solos, choral pieces and arrangements, and stage works.
PRESIDENT’S CA BINET NA NC Y L ECOU RT, PH.D., Academic Dean and Vice President for Academic Administration BR A N DON PA R K ER, M.B. A ., Vice President for Financial Administration J EN N I F ER T Y N ER, M. A ., Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Life,
Enrollment, and Marketing K EL L I E L I N D, B.S., Chief Advancement Officer
BOA RD OF TRUSTEES BR A DFOR D N E W TON, D.M I N., Executive Secretary, Pacific Union Conference
of Seventh-day Adventists and Chair, Board of Trustees ST E V EN SPE A R S, J.D.,
Executive Director, California Housing Finance Agency and Vice Chair, Board of Trustees JA NA A AG A A R D, J.D., Lead Attorney, Dignity Health A R N ET H A F. B A L L , PH.D., Professor of Education and Co-Director of the Center
for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Language, Stanford University T H EODOR E BENSON, ED.D., Treasurer, Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists L EON BROW N, D.M I N., President, Nevada-Utah Conference of Seventh-day Adventists R A M I RO C A NO, B. A ., President, Central California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists R IC A R DO B. GR A H A M, D.M I N., President, Pacific Union Conference
of Seventh-day Adventists ST EPH EN H ER BER, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Adventist Health St. Helena BON N I E H ER NA N DEZ COM A ZZI, M.S., Marriage and Family Therapist EST H ER H EROL D, J.D., Attorney SH EI L A AT IG A HODGK I N, M.S., Programs Chair, National Auxiliary to the
Alumni of the Loma Linda School of Medicine K R IST I N E JOH NSON, M.S., Speech-Language Pathologist, Howell Mountain
Elementary and Pope Valley Elementary Schools DWAY N E L ESL I E, J.D., Director, Legislative Affairs, General Conference
of Seventh-day Adventists and Liaison to U.S. Congress and the White House JA M ES PEDER SEN, M.DI V.,
President, Northern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists BER I T VON POH L E, ED.S.,
Director of Education, Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists R A L PH WAT T S, D.M I N.,
President, Hawaii Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
ACKNOW LEDGEMENTS Dr. Robert and Mrs. Judy Cushman would like to express sincere appreciation to the many individuals and departments whose support and hard work made todayâ€™s ceremonies and celebrations possible, and the special guests, delegates, family, and friends who have joined us for this inaugural event.
ON E A NG W I N AV EN U E A NG W I N, C A L I FOR N I A 94508 PUC.EDU
As the twenty-third president of Pacific Union College.