The inauguration of Pacific Union College’s 20th president, Dr. Richard C. Osborn, will take place on Thursday, February 7, 2002, in the Pacific Union College Church sanctuary from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The ceremony will be followed by a reception in the Fireside Room of the PUC Church Complex.
Richard Osborn has been a multidimensional educator with vast experience as a teacher, administrator, writer, researcher, and historian. He obtained his early education in Montevideo, Uruguay. He attended Monterey Bay Academy for four years before attending Columbia Union College, where he majored in history and graduated magna cum laude in 1969. In graduate school at the University of Maryland, Osborn continued his studies in history, obtaining a Master’s degree in 1975 and a doctorate in 1990.
Before assuming the role as Pacific Union College’s 20th president, Osborn was Vice President for Education of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists. In the fall of 2001, Osborn was elected President of the Council for American Private Education (CAPE), an organization representing about 80 percent of private schools (grades K-12) in America.
The presidential inauguration ceremony follows the Higher Education Symposium taking place at Pacific Union College on Wednesday, February 6, from 4-9 p.m. in Paulin Hall Auditorium. Lyn Behrens, President of Loma Linda University Health Science Center, will present the keynote address on the symposium’s main topic: The Mission of Seventh-day Adventist Education in the 21st Century. Presidents from 14 institutions of Adventist higher education in the United States will attend the symposium and inauguration.