By Carl Stagner
Twenty-five years. Considering the national average of an eight-and-a-half-year stay for college and university presidents, the tenure of Warner University’s second president is truly remarkable. For Warner University, twenty-five years isn’t just about longevity and consistency, however; it most accurately represents an era of leadership that brought transformative changes and incredible growth to the endorsed agency of the Church of God in Lake Wales, Florida. As the Church of God movement honors the retirement of Dr. Gregory V. Hall, Warner University has also introduced their third president: Dr. David A. Hoag. Though these two major developments in the life of Warner University signal a change in seasons, a steadfast commitment to Christ and Christian higher education remains.
Under President Hall, Warner Southern College became Warner University. Enrollment grew from less than five hundred to nearly 1,500 across the country and around the world. As Leigh Ann Wynn writes for the Warner University blog, the then-college was “rich in land, but poor in funds.” No longer. New facilities and infrastructure have catapulted the Church of God university to $17.5 million in net assets. Now more than ever, the Church of God can feel a sense of holy pride for its university in the Sunshine State. To God be the glory, and special thanks to Greg Hall for allowing God to use him over the last quarter of a century.
In early May, Warner University announced who God had revealed to build upon Hall’s legacy. David Hoag comes to Warner University with twenty-nine years’ experience in Christian higher education. On the Warner University blog, Dawn Rafool writes, “Dr. Hoag is clearly a visionary leader who has prepared himself throughout his entire life for this moment. He is an experienced leader in higher education, an expert related to financing and fundraising, and views the world completely consistent with Warner’s statement of faith. Most importantly, Dr. Hoag’s relationship with Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior is real and obvious.”
David Hoag previously served as senior vice president of university advancement at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. Additional leadership history includes Asbury College and Greenville College. Hoag’s name was presented following a two-year search by a committee of eight members, in conjunction with CarterBaldwin Executive Search.
Please pray for Greg Hall, David Hoag, and the Warner University community. Thank you!
Warner University, founded in 1968 by the Southeastern Association of the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana), is a co-educational, Christian university in the liberal arts tradition. The campus is located five miles south of Lake Wales Florida. The mission of Warner University is to graduate individuals who exemplify academic excellence and Christian character, who are prepared to lead and committed to serve. For more information about Warner University, please visit www.warner.edu, or call 863-638-1426.