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Loren Swartzendruber

POSITION: President Emeritus


President Swartzendruber grew up in Kalona, IA. After graduating Iowa Mennonite School he came to EMU for one year and then transferred to the University of Iowa School of Pharmacy. Loren is married to Pat Swartzendruber and they returned to Harrisonburg in 1973 for Loren to begin seminary studies. During his seminary years he worked for Inter-Church, Inc., (Myron Augsburger’s preaching missions), and in the admissions office of EMU. From 1978 to 1983 Loren pastored the Salford Mennonite Church (Harleysville PA), 1983-1993 served as associate executive secretary of the former Mennonite Board of Education, and 1993-2003 president of Hesston College (KS). Pat and Loren are parents of four married children. Pat completed a three-year R.N. program at Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, a B.A. at Eastern University, and the M.S. in administration at the University of Notre Dame. She served as vice president for administration with Mennonite Board of Missions and executive vice president of Prairie View Behavioral Health System. She currently does some consulting with non profit organizations and spends most of her time as a volunteer in the president’s office at EMU.


BS, Eastern Mennonite University
MA, Eastern Mennonite Seminary (Divinity)
DMIN, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary

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