A Thank-You and Welcome To Our Presidents

By KAY NUSSBAUM '78 | December 15th, 2016


Incoming president Susan Schultz Huxman (right) with Interim President Lee Snyder. (Photo by Andrew Strack)


20160413-new-president-announcement-017With this issue of Crossroads, I have the honor and joy of expressing appreciation to Dr. Lee Snyder, interim president, and welcoming incoming president, Dr. Susan Schultz Huxman, who will begin her new role Jan. 1, 2017.

How can one thank Dr. Snyder – Lee – enough? She has served Mennonite higher education in three institutions over 40 years as teacher and administrator, and – perhaps, more importantly – mentor, role model, non-anxious leader and friend. Lee is a person of faith, approachable, confident in her gifts, a listener and one who empowers others to their highest potential.

Thank you, Lee, for capably leading EMU during the transition from President Loren Swartzendruber to President Susan Schultz Huxman. You have generated a path for smooth transition, leaving – once again – your legacy of servant leadership at EMU and in the broader scope of Mennonite higher education.


My first opportunity to meet Dr. Schultz Huxman was during the presidential search process. I was deeply impressed by her vision for faith-infused higher education that is grounded in Anabaptist commitments, her gifts as an extraordinary communicator, her commitment to excellence in both academic and administrative leadership, and her genuine interest in EMU’s mission and future.

Susan, we wish you God’s blessing as you and your family join the EMU community and make a home in Harrisonburg. We are grateful for your willingness to follow God’s call to EMU at this time in our institution’s history, as we launch into a second century of preparing students to serve and lead in a global context.