A Tribute to Dr. Taylor

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President Carol A. Taylor, PhD, who began her time at Vanguard University in the Summer of 2007, will serve as President of the newly-formed Evangel University in Springfield, MO, beginning June 2013. Under President Taylor’s leadership, Vanguard has experienced a remarkable amount of positive growth.

DESIGN_ELEMENTSWe invite you to leave comments, quotes and tributes to Dr. Taylor for this important journey to which God has called her!

Dr. Carol Ann Taylor was inaugurated as Vanguard University’s ninth president on October 15, 2010. Dr. Taylor began as provost/vice president of academic affairs of Vanguard University in August of 2007 and holds a faculty appointment as professor in the School of Education. Dr. Taylor has a PhD in Multilingual/Multicultural Education from Florida State University, a Master of Arts in Cross- Cultural Communication from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Evangel University. Before joining Vanguard, Dr. Taylor served for seven years as the vice provost for undergraduate education at Biola University in La Mirada, California. Prior to that, she worked for 12 years in administration and research at Educational Testing Service in Princeton, NJ.

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She has teaching and administrative experience ranging from elementary education to graduate university levels. Over the years she has served in the public marketplace as an advocate for second language learners and international students; taught at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, Florida State University, and Eastern Michigan University; consulted for state departments of education and national resource centers; and worked with national testing committees on large-scale testing. She has taught and/or lectured nationally and in 11 countries internationally. Since 2000 she has been delighted to serve in Christian higher education. She has been a facilitator and mentor in the CCCU Women’s Leadership Development Institute and has served on the CCCU Student Academic Programs Commission.

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18 Comments to "A Tribute to Dr. Taylor"

  1. John M. Delgado III

    May 2, 2013

    I remember back in 2010 when I was privileged enough to help plan your Inauguration. I felt so blessed to be apart of such an amazing time in Vanguards history. You have truly brought change for the better and are leaving Vanguard with a great legacy and example. I wish you the best on your future endeavors.

    -John Delgado III
    6th Floor RA (2010-2011)

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  2. Daisy Guzman

    May 2, 2013

    5/2/13

    Dr. Taylor it has been a great journey starting school with you but the sad part is not being able to end my journey at Vanguard University with you. I honestly wish you the best in what your future awaits you. I have learned so much from your life experiences. For example, when you were going through your inauguration as President of VUSC back in 2010 and leaving the VUSC community. I know that God has a great plan for your future life and you have left a mark with all of the VUSC Community. You will be missed but we wish you enjoy the adventures that are coming your way. I learned so much from your experience of the passing of your father and that we should always trust and believe in Him, no matter what goes on in our lives; also to always be available for those in need of love.

    Thank You for making a difference in the VUSC Community.

    With much appreciation,
    Daisy Guzman (Class of 2014)

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  3. Ross Weaver '12

    May 8, 2013

    Thank you for your incredible leadership. God put the right person in the right place at just the right time for our beloved university. It was an honor to have received my degree from you. God bless you as you move on to another adventure.

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  4. Shana Martin

    May 15, 2013

    Dr. Taylor,

    The opportunity to build the communications plan for the presidential transition was, ironically, what made me realize what an asset you have been to Vanguard. While I am disappointed for not having had the opportunity to work with you longer than 8 fleeting months, I am grateful for all that you’ve done to shepherd Vanguard into a new journey of discovery and meaning. Thank you for being such an important chapter in the ongoing Vanguard story.

    When things don’t go as planned, as they often won’t, I will always remember what you once told me: “Blessed be the flexible!”

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  5. Kristine Fray

    May 17, 2013

    Dear Carol,

    I will miss you very much. My husband, one son and I just finished all 3 of the Anne of Green Gables because of you. It took us a couple of months but we had a bag of candy and every movie night was such a blessing. I told them we have to watch this because it is President Carol Taylors’ favorite movie and she watches it every year around ThanksGiving. “When Carol talks, people listen and get proactive”.
    It has been such a blessing working here since you became President. I am praying for you and your mom’s transition.
    Love in Christ,
    Kristine Fray

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  6. JJ Smith

    May 17, 2013

    Dr. Taylor,

    Because of your amazing leadership our “bells are ringing” :) Thank you for the integrity you’ve modeled and the mentorship you’ve provided to so many as you’ve lead Vanguard University to a place of strength.

    May God continue to bless you!

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  7. Niki Toro

    May 17, 2013

    Dr. Taylor,
    Thank you for your leadership and commitment to serve Christ. I will always remember the honor of sitting next to you at a women’s lunch, just a few weeks after I started working at Vanguard. We talked about life – and hobbits :) You were introduced as the keynote speaker, and you shared your story with all of us. I was inspired by your willingness to follow God’s call on your life, even when it was difficult. And now, you are staying true to your story, as you continue to follow His leading for your life. God bless you in this new season, Dr. Taylor! We will miss you!

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  8. Michelle McKinley

    May 17, 2013

    Dr. Carol Taylor,

    You have been such an incredible woman of God to look up to! Vanguard will truly miss your presence. Thank you for the time that you have poured into our university and the impact you have made on many students. I am extremely grateful to have been able to be part of the last class you graduated from VU. You are a true inspiriation to me and to many others. You will be missed!! May God bless you and the future that he has planned for you!

    -Michelle McKinley
    Class of 2013

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  9. Kimberly Greene

    May 21, 2013

    Thank you for your servant leadership, love, and contributions to the Vanguard University community. Your impact on the VU campus has been immense and we wish to honor your legacy in the years to come.

    Your response to God’s call for you to serve Evangel it is yet another lesson in faith you have shared with the VU, staff, faculty, and students. May the Lord work through you in magnificent ways and with great power during your transition into your new role and environment.

    You will be dearly missed. And your beautiful scarf collection as well! 

    With love, blessings, and gratitude: Kimberly Greene

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  10. Ron & Rosalyn Prinzing

    May 27, 2013

    Dear Dr. Taylor,

    We have admired your leadership that has brought Vanguard University out of a very difficult place to her finest hour. Your warm, gracious and Christ like spirit enhanced your leadership.

    Are prayers go with you as you assume your new leadership role.

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  11. Kirk Antonio Jones

    May 27, 2013

    Dr. Taylor,
    While we have not yet had the privilege to meet face-to-face, one gesture impressed me. I graduated VU (“SCC” ’84) and later from AGTS (’12). You sent me a hand-written congratulation note as an alumnus. The fact that you took the time out of your busy schedule shows your value for the individual alongside your obvious administrative skill in turning VU around. VU’s loss is Evangel’s gain, and ours. I look forward to being on your new team since I will serve as Missionary in Residence at EU ’13-’14. ¡Bienvenida!

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  12. Wayne & Judy Cagle

    May 27, 2013

    Dr. Taylor,
    We honor you for your faithfulness in following God’s call and your faithfulness in serving in the educational posts where God has placed you. We rejoice in the tremendous growth at Vanguard, our alma mater, and we believe God will bless your leadership at Evangel University. Thank you for allowing God to use you mightily in the past. We believe He will continue to use you in the future. We love and appreciate you, Wayne & Judy Cagle

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  13. Noreen Dulin

    May 27, 2013

    Thank you so much for your years of service to Vanguard. I wish you all the best in your new position.

    Blessings,
    Noreen Dulin

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  14. Sharon Smith Saalinger "Smitty"

    May 27, 2013

    Dr. Taylor,

    Being from the Decade of the 60s, I obviously was not on campus during your tenure at VU, however, I am well aware of the progress VU has made under your leadership. So pleased that you were able to take time out of your busy schedule to attend our “Decade of the 60s Reunion” in 2009 at Rancho Capistrano. I’ve followed you on Facebook and know the love that you and the students of VU share. You are one amazing Woman of God and VU has been blessed to have you at the helm these past years. God bless you as you begin the next chapter in your life.

    Sharon “Smitty” Saalinger

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  15. Distance prevents us from coming, but please know of our gratitude for your leadership! We are sad to see you leave Bu but excited for you in your new venture.
    God bless you…God bless VU!
    Bill and Nancie Carmichael

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  16. Kristen Achziger

    June 7, 2013

    Dr. Taylor,

    Words cannot express how thankful I am for you and for your leadership! I will always be grateful for your kindness and willingness to say “YES!” to the Lord’s plan. You’ve inspired me since my freshman cornerstone class with you… Not many students can say they have had the privilege of having you as a professor. Our class was impacted by your wisdom and I believe it shaped us over our years at Vanguard. I’ve still got my copy of “The Shack” on my bookshelf, I’ll always remember asking you for a job reference, and I’ll continue developing a taste for coffee. Thank you for all you have done for Vanguard. Evangel is truly blessed to receive your leadership!

    Kristen

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  17. Jack and Linda Schwarz

    June 10, 2013

    Dear Carol,

    Linda and I are very sad to see you leave Southern California, but praise God with you for His new calling. You are the quintessential example of a servant of our Lord!

    Even though we haven’t been able to spend much time together over the past several years, you have continually remained in our minds and hearts. We are profoundly grateful to God for our years together at Biola, and for every opportunity we have had since those years to connect.

    We are very sorry not to have been able to be present for your grand tribute last week, but want you to know that we count your friendship as one of God’s greatest gifts to us. We will be praying for you, and wish for you God’s rich blessings in this new and high calling. We are confident that God will continue to use you to bless others as you have us.

    By God’s grace,

    Jack and Linda Schwarz

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  18. Dr. Scott Browne

    June 13, 2013

    Dear Dr. Taylor ,

    Thank you for your positive, energetic, thoughtful, and faithful stewardship of Vanguard over these past several years. You were new as President, there were huge challenges and much turbulence, yet you led us lovingly through a transitional period and helped set us on a positive and exciting path.

    Bless you in your new position, and know that we remember you in our prayers with gratitude to our Lord for the time we had together!

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