The Anderson University Presidential Search Committee, chaired by AU board member Patricia Seasor Bailey, will bring the name of Dr. John S. Pistole before the Board of Trustees for election as the president of the university on Oct. 27. Dr. Pistole most recently announced his retirement as Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Prior to his appointment to the TSA by President Barack Obama and confirmation by the U.S. Senate, Dr. Pistole served as Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation during the Bush and Obama administrations.
Upon election by the trustees and ratification by the General Assembly of the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.) in June, 2015, Dr. Pistole would be the fifth person in the nearly 100-year history of Anderson University to hold the position of president. Anderson University will celebrate its 100-year anniversary beginning in the fall of 2016. A native of Anderson, Ind., Dr. Pistole earned his bachelor’s degree from Anderson University in 1978. He went on to earn a juris doctorate from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Dr. Pistole’s wife, Kathy Harp, earned a bachelor’s degree from Anderson University in 1978 and a M.Ed. degree from the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis.
If elected, Dr. Pistole would follow the presidential leadership of Dr. James L. Edwards who announced plans in March, 2014, to conclude his presidency by the end of the 2014-15 academic year. Dr. Edwards’ last year of service marks 25 years of distinguished leadership as president of Anderson University. As he concludes his presidency, Edwards will be the longest serving president (in both public and private universities) in the State of Indiana. Edwards has served as president of Anderson University since 1990.
Anderson University is a private Christian university in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America’s top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.), Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.
In August, Dr. Pistole was featured in a story about his Church of God roots.