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MBA's 60th anniversary is an occasion for celebrating. But with a drop in enrollment from 235 in 2007 to the current 205 in 2008 and 200 in 2009, and tuition approaching $15,000 a year, reflection should also focus on how best to position MBA for the future.  One reason for the creation of an alumni web site is to provide a forum for just such discussions.

With that in mind, we have added to this web site a talk given by Richard Osborn, "Challenges Facing Adventist Higher Education," given at the San Diego Adventist Forum meeting in November, 2007.  Osborn evaluates trends which are increasingly impacting the SDA church and its education system.  Richard Osborn is the former president of Pacific Union College and an alumnus of MBA and presently the associate director for the senior college commission of the western association of schools and colleges.  

Click here to listen to Osborn's presentation.

The first of several forthcoming responses is by Lawrence Downing. (See below.)  Lawrence Downing is a retired senior pastor of the White Memorial Church in Los Angeles and an alumnus of MBA, class of 1959.

1) Confronting the Challenges in Adventist Education By Lawrence G. Downing MBA Class of 1959 [...] Read More.

The second of the responses is by Don Driver. (See Below.) Don Driver is a  retired Senior Pastor of Berrien Springs Village Church and an alumnus of MBA, class of 1957.

2) Will the Future Arrive Ahead of Schedule? 11 Premises By Don Driver MBA Class of 1957 [...] Read More.

Alumni who would like to participate may submit a 2-to-4 page responce by e-mail to Bill MacLaughlin, Webmaster. For clarification, Questions, or Comments contact Don Hamer Here.

Special thanks to Jim Kaatz, a long-time educator and editor and a leader of the San Diego Forum, for allowing our web site to post Richard Osborn's talk. For a list of past Forum lectures available on audiocassette and CDs and for a schedule of upcoming Forum meetings, e-mail: Here.

About Our Next Speaker Edward Reifsnyder:
Edward Reifsnyder is president of the Reifsnyder Group, a Texas-based management consultancy to the healthcare industry. The firm has an eclectic consulting practice, but focuses most on client's strategic issues and new business opportunities. He also performs executive searches. Prior to forming The Reifsnyder Group, Mr. Reifsnyder was Chief Financial Officer of Adventist Health System/Sunbelt.
Early in his career, Mr. Reifsnyder was an Adventist boarding academy treasurer and teacher. From late 2003 to the spring of 2005, he led an effort by the Texas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists to evaluate Adventist education in that Conference and recommend strategic directions.

Mr. Reifsnyder earned a master's degree in management from Crummer School of Business and is a Certified Public Accountant. He serves on the Board of Trusties of Southwestern Adventist University.

He was recommended as a presenter by another Texas member, Vance Melashenko.

Click here to listen to Reifsnyder's presentation.

Why Adventist K-12 Education Struggles: 
Column Christian schools education crisis middle-class expectations
By Loren Seibold

Adventist K-12 education struggles because it canít meet the academic expectations of the educated middle-class membership it continues to create. By Loren Seibold.  To read more Click here.  (added Jun 20 2009)





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