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

 

Juniors Party Like Senior Citizens at Bingo Night

imageJuniors turned senior citizens took their “pills” or rather, candies in medicine cups, and scratched out their bingo cards with prize-winning hopes on February 4 at 9:30 p.m. in The Cove.

Dressed as elderly folk, juniors packed The Cove eating pizza and snacks while the “nurses”, Student Government Association (SGA) members, picked numbers from a bingo ball cage. Junior Program Director Corrine Meekhof and Junior Senator Daley Pennington planned and coordinated the event.

One of Meekhof’s goals for Bingo Night was to create an event for the juniors to enjoy while also making them proud to be a part of their class. When she heard students of other classes wishing they were juniors so they could go, she knew she’d met her goal.

Turnout for the event also showed Meekhof’s goal was successful. Event workers had to bring in more tables and chairs from the patio as juniors filled The Cove. Meekhof and Pennington said they were thrilled by the turnout. The event exceeded expectations and succeeded in getting students who don’t normally attend class events to come, Meekhof said. “I was stoked that there were so many athletes and commuters,” Pennington said and mentioned that they rarely show up to these events.

Not only did Bingo Night provide food and fun, there were also prizes to be won. Seven very exciting prizes were up for grabs in these bingo games. Prizes were labeled as: “The Starving College Student”, “The Body Builder”, “The Coffee Lover”, “The Happiest Day on Earth”, “The Sports Fanatic”, “Junior Senior Banquet” and a costume contest winner. Prizes included a wide range of items, from gift cards to Disneyland tickets. Regardless of winning or losing, it was apparent that everyone enjoyed a great night of food, laughter and bingo.

To learn more about SGA events, click here.

Lions Protect the Pit and the Mound Homecoming Weekend

Homecoming Bball '14With victories on the court and in the field, the Lions defended their territory Homecoming weekend. Vanguard University’s men’s and women’s basketball teams and the baseball team succeeded in defeating all opposition that came their way on February 1.

Sweeping the dust off their feet and home plate, Vanguard’s baseball team swept the Arizona Christian University Firestorm. The first game ended with the Lions winning 4-2 and the second closed out with a 2-1 final score. With these victories, the Lions add two more wins to their undefeated record.

The basketball teams faced Hope International University’s (HIU) Royals showing them that they may be royalty, but there’s only one king of the jungle.  Final scores were 72-69 for the men and 88-71 for the women. Fans packed the Pit for the games. The women’s team remains the undefeated No. 1 team in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). And the men’s team continues their winning record moving to a 19-2 overall record.

The men’s basketball team battled to the last seconds and into over time after an HIU player sunk a running three-point shot with 15 seconds remaining. Yelling, jumping, shouting and clapping roared through the gym as VU fans cheered through the tension and excitement. Sinking a couple three-pointers and making some crucial free throw shots, the Lions came out victorious. The student section stormed the floor, danced and shouted: “You wish you were a Lion.”

To find the Vanguard Athletics’ write-ups on these games and others, click here.

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.

Click here for a complete schedule of events and locations.

This week! Presidential Inauguration of Michael J. Beals, Ph.D.

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

President_Beals_Convocation_1The 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.

Click here for a complete schedule of events and locations.