Community invited to retirement celebration for Dowdens

HUNTINGTON, Ind. The community is invited to a retirement celebration for Huntington University President G. Blair and Mrs. Chris Dowden at 6:30 p.m. May 21 in the upper level of Habecker Dining Commons. The Dowdens will be retiring after 22 years of service on May 31.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP by May 14 by calling or emailing Darlene Fairchild at 260-359-4005 or

Dowden became the university's 12th president in 1991. Under his leadership, the Christian liberal-arts campus doubled its enrollment, tripled its endowment and constructed or remodeled eight buildings. Academic programs were significantly expanded for undergraduate, adult and graduate students, and some of the university's largest and fastest-growing degree programs were launched, including nursing and digital media arts. Most notably, the institution transitioned from "college" to "university" in 2005.

On April 26, Dr. Sherilyn Emberton was named the 13th president of HU. She will begin her services on June 1. She is currently the provost and vice president for academic affairs at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas.