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EMU leaders offer appreciation and wise words regarding the increased diversity of incoming students

In their kick-off convocation remarks for the 2014-15 school year, two of Eastern Mennonite University’s leaders highlighted the increasing diversity among EMU’s student population. “The class of 2018 is the most racially, ethnically, and nationally diverse incoming class in the history of EMU,” provost Fred Kniss told a capacity crowd of ...More

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EMU selected as accrediting school for Oregon semester program

For nearly 40 years, students from Christian colleges have trekked to the mountainous wilderness of Oregon for an unusual academic experience that dubs itself “out of the mainstream.” Called the Oregon Extension, the semester-long program invites students to slow down, breathe deep, read books, ask questions and confront big ideas. Oregon Ext ...More


‘Emergent church’ theologian Peter Rollins brings provocative message to EMU

There is a scene in the 1993 movie Cool Runnings in which, on the eve of the Jamaican bobsled team’s improbable shot at Winter Olympics glory, the team’s coach – a disgraced former bobsledder stripped of a gold medal for cheating – offers a bit of final advice to his unlikely protégé. “A gold medal is a wonderful thing,” the coach says. “But if you’re not enough without ...More


People of all types are welcome, indeed belong, at EMU’s table, say university leaders at convocation 2013


Convocation - Spring semester 2011

Provost Argues for Valuing “Tributaries” Beyond the Religious Mainstream

Provost Fred Kniss ’79 encouraged an international cross-section of academics hearing his keynote address to the Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR) to consider the religious “tributaries, eddies and crosscurrents” that inform the so-called “mainstream” faiths. Kniss’s spee ...More


Deirdre Smeltzer Named V-P and Undergrad Dean

Mathematics professor Deirdre L. Smeltzer, PhD, has been named vice president and undergraduate dean of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), beginning July 1, 2013. “Deirdre brings a wealth of experience as an outstanding teacher, scholar, and department chair,” said Provost Fred Knis ...More


New Vice President To Set Competitive Pace in Fast-Growing Grad Programs

The next vice-president joining the presidential cabinet of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) will bring a skill-set rare in the leadership of academic institutions: decades of success as a business leader and owner. Jim Smucker, president and major shareholder of the Bird-in-Hand Corporation in Pennsylvania, will be the first full-time graduate dean of EMU, announced ...More


Dynamic Duo Will Lead CJP Into New Era

The Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) is moving into a new leadership era. J. Daryl Byler, JD, has been named as its next executive director, reporting to Provost Fred Kniss. Jayne Docherty, PhD, has been nam ...More


Donald B. Kraybill to Pen EMU History

Donald B. Kraybill, the nation’s best-known writer on Amish and Mennonite culture, will be the principal author of a fresh history of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). Its publication will coincide with EMU’s centennial celebrations in the fall of 2017. “We couldn’t imagine a better person to undertake this project,” said Provost ...More


Luce Foundation Awards Grant To EMU’s Interfaith Work

A grant of $355,000 from the Henry Luce Foundation will spur the expansion of interfaith dialogue, peacebuilding and humanitarian service at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) over the next three years. The grant will be dispersed in increments of $119,000 in 20 ...More