president_tysonThe Rochester College community and special guests came together on Thursday, Oct. 10, to inaugurate Dr. John Tyson as the college’s ninth president.

U.S. Representative Michael Rogers, Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett and Dr. Virinda Moudgil, president of Lawrence Technological University, led the dignitaries from Michigan who honored Tyson. Dr. Royce Money, chancellor for Abilene Christian University and a long-time mentor for Tyson, passed along his wisdom about Christian education to Tyson and the nearly 800 people in attendance.

Tyson replaced Dr. Rubel Shelly, who served as president of Rochester College from 2008-2013. Shelly has assumed responsibilities as chancellor of the college. “Dr. Tyson has just the right skill set for the opportunities before us,” Shelly said. “His academic training, experience in Christian higher education, and deep personal commitment to Christ combine to make him the right person to take Rochester College to the next level.”

Tyson came to RC after serving as president and CEO of Abilene Christian Schools, a PreK-12 private Christian school. Tyson developed its strategic vision and long-range plans, increased student enrollment 8 percent, and raised major gifts for capital improvements. Before that, Tyson served as vice president for development for Abilene Christian University, a private institution with about 4,000 students, from 1994-2010. He directed all campus fundraising and advancement activities, securing more than $330 million for ACU in philanthropic gifts. Tyson earned his Ph.D. with an emphasis on rhetorical studies from the University of Texas. A native Texan, Tyson and his wife, Valinda, have three adult children.

“It is a great privilege and honor to serve as the next president of Rochester College,” Tyson said. “The college has a great history and a bright future. The commitment of the faculty, staff and board of trustees to produce graduates who desire to serve and lead, excel in learning and live out their Christian faith is impressive and inspiring.”