Hundreds attend Inaugural events for Vanguard University’s tenth President

February 12, 2014

Costa Mesa, CA – Top Christian institution, Vanguard University, welcomed its tenth President, Michael J. Beals, Ph.D., with inaugural events all week long. Dr. Beals, who began his time at Vanguard University in 1977, will serve as tenth President of Vanguard University, and continue the university’s legacy of integrating strong academics and Christian learning.

The week’s events were kicked off with an inaugural worship service, where hundreds turned out at Newport Mesa Church. The inaugural lectures followed the next day with nearly 800 in attendance as Dr. Miroslav Volf, founding Director of Yale Center for Faith, was the university’s prestigious inaugural lecturer, spoke on two theological topics. The inaugural dinner followed that evening with 200 guests in attendance, as well as a student party where the entire student body at Vanguard University attended to honor and celebrate President Beals. The week came to a culmination at the formal installation ceremony of Michael J. Beals, Ph.D. as tenth president of Vanguard University, at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach. Former Vanguard University presidents were in also attendance including Dr. Wayne Kraiss, Dr. Murray Dempster, and Dr. Carol Taylor.

Vanguard University board member, David Oddo expects this to be another exciting new chapter for the Christian higher education institution, “President Beals is a natural fit as Vanguard tenth President. His experience, gifting and love for the university have blended to make for a truly great leader. It has been a pleasure to work alongside Dr. Beals.” In addition to a new president, the university recently announced its School for Graduate and Professional Studies – now one of Orange County’s top choices in professional education for working adults, with an outstanding academic reputation.

For more information on Vanguard University’s tenth president, or any of the academic programs offered, visit www.vanguard.edu

To request an interview with the President, contact:
Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications
55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714.966.5452
erin.hales@vanguard.edu

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About Michael J. Beals, Ph.D.
Over the last 36 years, Dr. Michael Beals has been called to Vanguard University in many different capacities, including undergraduate student, graduate student, faculty member, and administrator. Beals’ rich journey with Vanguard is evidence of his ability and willingness to serve its constituents in the highest capacity. After a rigorous and prayerful search, the Board of Trustees has chosen him as the finalist for the role of 10th president of Vanguard University.
A native of California, Dr. Beals originally came to faith in Christ at Vallejo First Assembly of God in 1977. That same year, Beals followed God’s initial call to Vanguard and became an undergraduate student of Religion, double-majoring in Christian Education and Psychology. After receiving his BA, he went on to earn his MA from Vanguard in Church Leadership, and a second MA at Fuller Theological Seminary in Biblical Studies and Theology. Beals also holds a Ph.D. in Christian Ethics from Fuller where he has served as an adjunct faculty member since 1999.
Dr. Beals began teaching at Vanguard as an adjunct faculty member in 1991. In 2005, Dr. Beals became an Assistant Professor of Philosophical Theology and Christian Ethics. He left that position in 2009. In 2012, after serving for 23 years as the senior pastor of Mission Hills Community Church in Rancho Santa Margarita, Beals returned to Vanguard as Dean of Spiritual Formation, a position that serves as the university pastor for the Vanguard community and the senior administrator of the Spiritual Formation Department.
Dr. Beals is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and spent 31 years of ministry in local churches. He was first credentialed as a Licensed Minister in 1981 and that fall he began as a youth pastor at The Harbor Church AG in Lomita, California. In addition to membership in the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Beals has written for Enrichment, the journal for Assemblies of God ministers, and contributed to Blackwell’s Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. Dr. Beals has been actively involved in global outreach in Kenya, South Africa, Namibia, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, China, Israel, Switzerland, France, England, and Scotland.
Dr. Beals met his wife of 33 years, Faith, at Vanguard. They have two grown children and a grandson. His son-in-law is also a Vanguard alumnus. In addition to spending time with his family, he enjoys reading and working in the garden, fly fishing, sailing, listening to jazz and blues, and playing the upright bass.

 

About Vanguard University
Vanguard University (VU) is a regionally ranked, private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies. Located ten minutes from Newport Beach and an hour from Los Angeles, Vanguard equips students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-focused leadership and service. Vanguard is committed to academic excellence, boasting small class sizes that are designed to cultivate lasting professor-mentor relationships that enhance the learning process. The U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard a top 10 regional college in the west for 2014 and The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2014 “Best in the West” regional college. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), Vanguard offers more than 30 degrees and certificates through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs. Please visit www.vanguard.edu

 

Vanguard University hosts the inauguration of its tenth president, Michael J. Beals, PhD.

This week, February 5-7, 2014, Vanguard University hosts the inauguration of its tenth president, Michael J. Beals, PhD.

The three-day inauguration ceremonies will kick off Wednesday, February 5, 2014 and will feature academic lectures by prominent theologian, Miraslov Volf, PhD. The festivities will conclude Friday, February 7, 2014 with Richard Mouw, PhD, mentor and friend to Dr. Beals, who will speak the inaugural charge to the president.

CLICK HERE for a full schedule of events!

Dr. Beals became Vanguard University’s tenth president on August 1, 2013. In keeping with the tradition of many universities, Vanguard chose to give its new president some time to settle in before holding the inauguration ceremonies. Since August, Dr. Beals has focused on building the strategic vision of the university to promote Christian higher education in a way that is meaningful, relevant, and impactful.

“In a climate where higher education is being challenged each day, presidents of private, Christian universities must be innovative, resilient, and forward thinking,” says Dr. Richard Mouw, former president of Fuller Seminary and professor to Dr. Beals. “Dr. Beals has long exhibited these qualities, making him the ideal person to foster Vanguard’s mission. I am delighted to be part of this ceremony and wish the best for Vanguard in this time of renewal.”

Dr. Beals is a two-time graduate of Vanguard University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Christian Education and Psychology and a Master of Arts (MA) in Church Leadership. Dr. Beals earned a second MA at Fuller Theological Seminary in Biblical Studies and Theology. He was awarded a PhD in Christian Ethics from Fuller where he has served as an adjunct faculty member since 1999. Dr. Beals has served 31 years in the local church, most recently as the senior pastor of Mission Hills Community Church in Rancho Santa Margarita. In addition, Dr. Beals has been actively involved in teaching outreach and community development work in Kenya, South Africa, Namibia, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, China, Israel, Switzerland, France, England, and Scotland.

Presenting the inaugural lectures will be Miroslav Volf, PhD, founder and director of Yale Center for Faith & Culture and the Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology at Yale University Divinity School. Recognized globally as one of the premier theologians of our time, Dr. Volf will present on Christian Universities and the Crisis of Humanities. Both lectures are open to the public.

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Michael J. Beals to be Inaugurated as Vanguard University’s Tenth President

 Inaugural lecture given by internationally renowned theologian, Miroslav Volf, to bring perspective on the value of Christian education today

Costa Mesa, CA, December 10, 2013 – Vanguard University today announced that two internationally renowned theologians will be featured speakers at the inauguration of its tenth president, Michael J. Beals, PhD.

The three-day inauguration ceremonies will kick off Wednesday, February 5, 2014 and will feature academic lectures by prominent theologian, Miraslov Volf, PhD.  The festivities will conclude Friday, February 7, 2014 with Richard Mouw, PhD, mentor and friend to Dr. Beals, who will speak the inaugural charge to the president.

Dr. Beals became Vanguard University’s tenth president on August 1, 2013.  In keeping with the tradition of many universities, Vanguard chose to give its new president some time to settle in before holding the inauguration ceremonies.  Since August, Dr. Beals has focused on building the strategic vision of the university to promote Christian higher education in a way that is meaningful, relevant, and impactful.

“In a climate where higher education is being challenged each day, presidents of private, Christian universities must be innovative, resilient, and forward thinking,” says Dr. Richard Mouw, former president of Fuller Seminary and professor to Dr. Beals.  “Dr. Beals has long exhibited these qualities, making him the ideal person to foster Vanguard’s mission.  I am delighted to be part of this ceremony and wish the best for Vanguard in this time of renewal.”

Dr. Beals is a two-time graduate of Vanguard University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Christian Education and Psychology and a Master of Arts (MA) in Church Leadership.  Dr. Beals earned a second MA at Fuller Theological Seminary in Biblical Studies and Theology.  He was awarded a PhD in Christian Ethics from Fuller where he has served as an adjunct faculty member since 1999.  Dr. Beals has served 31 years in the local church, most recently as the senior pastor of Mission Hills Community Church in Rancho Santa Margarita.  In addition, Dr. Beals has been actively involved in teaching outreach and community development work in Kenya, South Africa, Namibia, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, China, Israel, Switzerland, France, England, and Scotland.

Presenting the inaugural lectures will be Miraslav Volf, PhD, founder and director of Yale Center for Faith & Culture and the Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology at Yale University Divinity School.   Recognized globally as one of the premier theologians of our time, Dr. Volf will present on Christian Universities and the Crisis of Humanities.  Both lectures are open to the public.

For a complete schedule of events and locations, please visit www.vanguard.edu/inauguration.

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ABOUT VANGUARD UNIVERSITY

Vanguard University (VU) is a regionally ranked, private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies.  Located ten minutes from Newport Beach and an hour from Los Angeles, Vanguard equips students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-focused leadership and service. Vanguard is committed to academic excellence, boasting small class sizes that are designed to cultivate lasting professor-mentor relationships that enhance the learning process.  The U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard a top 10 regional college in the west for 2014 and The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2014 “Best in the West” regional college.  Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), Vanguard offers more than 30 degrees and certificates through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs.

Vanguard’s Global Center for Women and Justice Brings Leading Experts on HumanTrafficking and Global Child Slavery to Annual Ensure Justice Conference

Social justice leaders from World Relief and the Department of Homeland Security to educate Vanguard University students, parents and community on child slavery, a rising form of human trafficking

Costa Mesa, CA, November 5, 2013 – Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice announced today that the keynote speaker for its annual Ensure Justice Conference will be human trafficking and child slavery expert Stephan Bauman, president and CEO of World Relief.  The 2014 Ensure Justice conference will be held March 7-8, 2014 at Vanguard University.

The annual Ensure Justice conference is designed to educate students, law enforcement professionals, educators, parents, social workers, healthcare professionals, and other community members about topics ranging from human trafficking and cyber-exploitation to domestic violence and gender inequality.  Child slavery is the focus of the 2014 Ensure Justice conference, called “Why is She a Slave?”, which will address local, national, and international prevention and intervention.

“We are experiencing a radical redefining of justice today,” says Stephan Bauman, president and CEO of World Relief.  “Justice is being reclaimed, stolen back from social and political camps, and rediscovered.  Faith-based organizations like the Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University help us to recover its biblical meaning as we encounter a God who loves justice, demands justice, and executes it for the needy.”

The United Nations estimates that 1.2 million children are victims of human trafficking each year.  In 2012, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reported that the percentage of child slavery victims had risen in a 3-year span from 20 percent to 27 percent; of every three child victims, two are girls and one is a boy.

“Mr. Bauman brings to Ensure Justice a rich tapestry of experience in finding sustainable solutions to social justice issues around the world,” says Sandra Morgan, director of the Global Center for Women and Justice.  “His work at World Relief has been instrumental in combating human trafficking, which is essentially modern-day adult and child slavery.  We look forward to collaborating with Mr. Bauman at the Ensure Justice 2014 conference in March and on future collaborations.”

David L. Myers, director of the department of Homeland Security’s Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships will also be a featured speaker.  Appointed by President Obama in 2009, Myers heads one of 13 such centers in the federal government under the White House Office of Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships.  In this role, Myers has personally led Center efforts at major disasters, working closely with senior governmental, state, local, faith-based and voluntary groups.

Other featured speakers include JoAnn Butrin, director of International Ministries for the Assemblies of God and Shyima Hall, a survivor advocate, whose Egyptian parents sold her into child slavery in Egypt when she was 8.

In September, the Global Center for Women and Justice celebrated its 10th year at Vanguard University.  Over $75,000 was raised during the weekend celebration to support initiatives to advance the status of women and children globally.

For information about the 2014 Ensure Justice conference, Global Child trafficking: Prevention and Intervention, visit www.ensurejustice.com.

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 ABOUT VANGUARD UNIVERSITY

Vanguard University (www.vanguard.edu) is a private, Christian, comprehensive university of liberal arts and professional studies equipping students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service. The U.S. News & World Report has ranked Vanguard among the best baccalaureate colleges in the west in their 2012-2013 rankings of colleges and universities and The Princeton Review named Vanguard a 2012-2013 “Best in the West” College. Vanguard is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

 ABOUT THE GLOBAL CENTER FOR WOMEN AND JUSTICE

The Global Center for Women & Justice at Vanguard University is a faith-based organization that exists to advance the global status of women through research, education, advocacy, collaboration and hope.  The Global Center for Women & Justice promotes gender reconciliation and the inherent dignity of all persons.

 

 

 

Vanguard University’s Acclaimed Music Department to Rekindle the Spirit of Christmas for Orange County audiences at its Annual Christmas Concert

Christmas Fantasia 2013 will deck the halls with a medley of carols, classics, and popular music, bringing boundless energy and talent to a time-honored Vanguard University tradition

Costa Mesa, CA, October 9, 2013 – Vanguard University’s music department will present its annual Christmas concert, Christmas Fantasia, to audiences at two prominent Orange County venues in December 2013. The concert, which began in 1997 as an intimate banquet for leaders and supporters of the university, has grown to be one of the University’s signature events.

Each year, Christmas Fantasia celebrates the songs of the season with a variety of music including selections from Messiah and the Nutcracker with usually a light spoof of a major classical theme. With performances at Segerstrom Center for the Arts and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, the Christmas concert features Vanguard University’s 150 member choirs and Vanguard’s many ensembles.
“I don’t know too many Christmas concerts where the students mix with the audience, walking in with them, seating them, and interacting with them,” said Dr. James Melton, professor of music at Vanguard University. “It showcases the relationship that our faculty has with our students and how we invest in them to help them be successful not only in college but also in the future, as world changers. At Christmas Fantasia, we let our students tell the Vanguard story.”

Vanguard’s music faculty includes educators who bring a wealth of experience as seasoned musicians to the classroom and beyond. Vanguard music students have recently completed tours of China, western Europe, and South Korea, and have performed at leading venues including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. The Concert Choir and Vanguard Singers have traveled to dozens of countries throughout Europe and Asia and perform approximately 100 concerts a year in the greater Orange County area.
The evening will feature performances by the Vanguard University Concert Choir, Orchestra, Women’s Chorus, Jazz Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Barbershop Quartets, and the Vanguard Singers and Band.

Christmas Fantasia 2013 schedule:
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 8:00pm
Segerstrom Center for the Arts / Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
Friday, December 6, 2013 at 8:00pm
St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
For more information about Christmas Fantasia 2013, visit http://www.vanguard.edu/fantasia/

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ABOUT VANGUARD UNIVERSITY
Vanguard University (www.vanguard.edu) is a private, Christian, comprehensive university of liberal arts and professional studies equipping students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service. The U.S. News & World Report has ranked Vanguard among the best baccalaureate colleges in the west in their 2012-2013 rankings of colleges and universities and The Princeton Review named Vanguard a 2012-2013 “Best in the West” College. Vanguard is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).