ETBU VP ELECTED PRESIDENT OF HUNTINGTON UNIVERSITY
MARSHALL, Texas (4/26/13) - In a historic moment today, the Huntington University (Huntington, Indiana) Board of Trustees voted to elect Dr. Sherilyn R. Emberton as the 13th president of the institution. Emberton currently serves as the provost and vice president for academic affairs at East Texas Baptist University.
“Dr. Emberton has done an outstanding job serving East Texas Baptist University,” said ETBU President Dub Oliver. “While we are sad to see Sherilyn leave ETBU, we know that she has committed this decision to prayer and are confident that the Lord is leading her in the direction of this new opportunity. She will do a fantastic job at Huntington, and our prayers and best wishes go with her,” Oliver said.
“It has been a privilege and an honor to serve the faculty, staff and students of East Texas Baptist University,” Dr. Emberton commented. “I am blessed to have been a part of the ETBU family during the past three years, and am looking forward to this new challenge of presidential leadership at Huntington University. I am grateful to mentors such as Dr. Oliver at ETBU, Dr. James Dawson, president of Lincoln Memorial University, and Dr. Bud Austin, former president at LeTourneau University, who have supported me through the years, and have contributed greatly to my leadership development.”
Dr. Emberton earned a Doctor of Education degree in 1999 from Texas A&M University-Commerce. She completed her undergraduate study at Stephen F. Austin State University where she received a Bachelor of Science in education degree in 1979. She earned a Master of Education degree from the same institution in 1981.
Prior to her work at East Texas Baptist University, Dr. Emberton was the provost and vice president for academic affairs at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. Upon completion of her doctorate, she was hired by LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas, to lead its new teacher education program. In 2005, she was named the associate vice president for academic affairs for the institution.
Emberton has extensive experience in academic program development, having launched graduate programs in counseling, education, law, medicine, religion, and sports leadership.
She is a committed Christ-follower who is currently a member of First Baptist Church in Hallsville.
Beginning her tenure on June 1, 2013, Emberton becomes the first female president to serve Huntington University in its 116-year history. She will succeed Dr. G. Blair Dowden who will retire on May 31, 2013.