HU presidential inauguration set for Oct. 4

Huntington University President Sherilyn Emberton (left) accepts a contribution from (from left) Thomas Allred, director of operations at PHD Inc., and Marty Songer, PHD Inc. board member, to help fund her inauguration ceremonies on Oct. 4.
Huntington University President Sherilyn Emberton (left) accepts a contribution from (from left) Thomas Allred, director of operations at PHD Inc., and Marty Songer, PHD Inc. board member, to help fund her inauguration ceremonies on Oct. 4. Photo provided.

Dr. Sherilyn Emberton will be inaugurated as the 13th president of Huntington University during a ceremony on Oct. 4 at 2:30 p.m. in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Cenre for the Arts.

A reception will be held immediately following the ceremony in the upper level of the Habecker Dining Commons.

A presidential commissioning service, planned and directed by students, will be held on Oct. 3 at College Park Church in Huntington.

During the inauguration ceremony, Emberton will give an address and will be welcomed by representatives from higher education and the United Brethren Church as well as members of local, state and national government, including U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind., and Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson.

The official inaugural address will be shared by Dr. Bud Austin, former chancellor of LeTourneau University; Dr. Dub Oliver, president of East Texas Baptist University; Dr. Eugene Habecker, president of Taylor University and the 11th president of HU; and Dr. G. Blair Dowden, immediate past president of HU.

Emberton, who was named to the leadership position at HU on June 1, previously served as the provost and vice president for academic affairs at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, TX.

She earned a Doctor of Education in 1999 from Texas A&M University-Commerce. She earned a Bachelor of Science in education in 1979 and a Master of Education in 1981, both from Stephen F. Austin State University.

Emberton, a native of Irving, TX, previously served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN; and as director of the teacher education program and associate vice president for academic affairs at LeTourneau University in Longview, TX. She has launched graduate programs in counseling, education, law, medicine, nursing, religion and sports leadership.

In addition to her background in higher education, she worked as a broker and owner in real estate development and management companies over a 10-year period.

The inauguration ceremony, dignitary luncheon and reception are sponsored by local companies and organizations, including PHD Inc. with Marty Songer, board member, and Thomas Allred, director of operations; Sodexo; Dr. Ron Baker and Evelyn Baker, family of HU's 10th president, Dr. DeWitt Baker; DeBrand Fine Chocolates; College Park Church; Silver Towne Mint with 1971 HU graduate David Hendrickson; Clounie Landscaping Inc.; and Huntington Nursery & Florist.