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Eugene B. Habecker

Professional Resume & Vitae

Taylor University
236 W. Reade Ave.
Upland, IN 46989
(765) 998-5201

Professional Work Experience

Executive Leadership

  • August 2005: TAYLOR UNIVERSITY, Upland, IN. President
  • 1991 - 2005: AMERICAN BIBLE SOCIETY, New York, NY. President and Chief Executive Officer
  • 1979 - 1991: HUNTINGTON COLLEGE, Huntington, IN. President (1981 - 1991); Executive Vice-President (1979 - 1981)
  • 1970 - 1978: GEORGE FOX UNIVERSITY, Newberg, OR and EASTERN UNIVERSITY, St. Davids, PA. Various administrative assignments including Dean of Students at George Fox University

Instructional Leadership

Various part-time assignments at Regent College (Vancouver, B.C.), Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, CA), George Fox University (Newberg, OR), Azusa Pacific University (Azusa, CA), and Huntington College Graduate School of Christian Ministries (Huntington, IN).

Degrees and Certificates

  • Certificate: HARVARD UNIVERSITY - 1986 (Institute for Education Management)

Organizational Profile

Taylor University is an interdenominational evangelical Christian institution educating men and women for lifelong learning and for ministering the redemptive love of Jesus Christ to a world in need. As a Christian community of students, faculty, staff, administration, and trustees committed to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, Taylor University offers postsecondary liberal arts and professional education based upon the conviction that all truth has its source in God.

Board Memberships

United States Current Board Service

  • Christianity Today International
  • LeTourneau University

United States Past Board Service

  • Religion in American Life
  • Christian Management Association
  • National Association of Evangelicals
  • Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, Chairman

International Past Board Service

  • United Bible Societies (UBS) Global Board, Chairman
  • UBS Administrative Sub-Committee, Chairman
  • International Forum of Bible Agencies, Co-Chairman


Travel to more than 90 countries in Asia, Africa, the Americas, Eastern/Western Europe and the Middle East.

Representative Publications

Books, Monographs

Affirmative Action in the Independent College: A Practical Planning Model. The Council for the Advancement of Small Colleges, Washington, D.C., April 1977

The Other Side of Leadership. (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1987)

Leading with a Follower's Heart. (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1990)

Re-Discovering the Soul of Leadership. (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1996. Also published in Portuguese as Redescobrindo a Alma da Lideranca. (Sao Paolo, Brazil: Vida, 1998) and Spanish as Redescubra el Alma del Liderazgo. (Miami, FL: Alfalit, 1999)

Journals, Articles, and Book Chapters

"Students, Christian Colleges, and the Law: And the Walls Come Tumbling Down", The Journal of College and University Law, Vol. 2, No. 4, pp. 39-386, Summer 1975

"Academic Excellence: A Call for Renewed Student Activism", The Recorder, Vol. 23, pp. 3-11, 1980

With Gerald D. Smith, "Academic Calendars and Academic Costs", Improving College and University Teaching, Vol 30, No. 3, pp 126-129, Summer 1982

With John Brown III and R. Williams Hasker, "The First Amendment, Private Religious Colleges, and the State", Christian Scholars Review, Vol. 10, No. 4, pp. 279-295, Winter, 1984

With James L. Miller, Jr., "Legal Protections for People in Private Colleges and Universities: A Primer", North Central Association Quarterly, Vol. 59, No. 3, pp. 346-351, Winter 1985

"Biblical Guidelines for Asking and Giving", Christianity Today, pp. 32-34, May 15, 1987

"Has the Church Gone Soft on Education?", Christian Education Journal, Vol. IX, No. 1, pp. 101-107, 1988

"Laws, Lawyers, and Legislation: Triple Threat to Visionary Presidential Leadership" in Duane Dagley (ED.), Courage in Mission, Washington, D.C.: CASE, pp. 131-143, 1988

"Power, Authority and Christian Organizational Leadership: A Call for Followership", CRUX, Vol. XXVI, No. 4, pp. 10-18, December 1990

"Inside-Out, Upside-Down Leadership", Christian Education Journal, Vol. XII, No. 1, pp. 9-11, 61-67, Autumn, 1991

"Academic Freedom in the Context of Mission", Christian Scholar's Review, Vol. XXI, No. 2, pp. 175-181, December 1991

"Why Servant Leadership is Not Enough! The Multi-Dimensional Aspects of Leadership as Taught in Scripture", Christian Management Report, pp. 9-13, April, 2005

ERIC Documents

The Constitutionality of Compulsory Attendance at Religious Exercises in Religious Institutions of Higher Education Which are the Recipients of State and Federal Financial Assistance, Huntington, IN: Huntington College 1980 (ERIC Documentation Reproduction Service No. ED 190 018). Also included in College Student Personnel Abstracts, Vol. 16, No. 4, Summer, 1982 (#1125-16).

Future Uncertain: A Tenure Case Study (With a Suggested Analysis of a Small Private College). Huntington, IN: Huntington College 1981 (ERIC Documentation Reproduction Service No. ED 197 681).

With John Brown III, Government Financial Assistance, and the First Amendment: A Call for a New Constitutional Alliance, Huntington, IN: Huntington College 1982 (ERIC Documentation Reproduction Service No. ED 212 207).

Procedural Due Process in the Context of Public Higher Education: The Identification of Specific Due Process Components Impacting the Termination of Tenured Faculty, Huntington, IN: Huntington College 1986 (ERIC Documentation Reproduction Service No. ED 264 805).

The Student Disciplinary Process in the Private College and University: Is the Music Beginning to Change? Huntington, IN: Huntington College 1980 (ERIC Documentation Reproduction Service No. ED190 032). Also included in College Student Personnel Abstracts, Vol. 16, No. 4, Summer, 1982 (#1216-16).

A Systematic Approach to the Study of Benefits and Detriments of Tenure in American Higher Education: An Analysis of the Evidence. Huntington, IN: Huntington College 1982 (ERIC Documentation Reproduction Service No. ED 212 208).

Book Reviews

With Judith Wood, "The Truth About You", by Ralph Mattson and Arthur Miller, CUPA Journal, Vol. 30 (1979), pp. 63-65. Reprinted in The Mustard Seed, Vol. 3, No. 3, p. 6, November 1984.

With Chandler Thompson, "College Student Personnel Administration: An Anthology", Eds. Owens, Witten, and Bailey, CUPA Journal, Vol. 35, (1984) p. 29.


More than 20 honoraria, including the following: Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Religion, Who's Who in the Midwest, Who's Who in the West, Who's Who in the East, Who's Who in American Law, Who's Who in American Education, International Who's Who of Intellectuals, Directory of American Scholars, Directory of Distinguished Americans, Men of Achievement, Men of Distinction, Personalities of America, and Two Thousand Notable Americans.

Honorary Doctorates

Honorary doctorates have been received from nine colleges and universities within the US (8) and India (1).

International Recognition/Honorary Life Memberships

  • Bible Society of Brazil
  • Bible Society of Madagascar


  • Admitted to Pennsylvania Bar Association, 1974
  • Christian Management Award, Christian Management Association, 1989
  • Distinguished Alumni Citation, Huntington College, 1989
  • Life Enrichment Award, Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science, 1996
  • Distinguished Alumnus for Professional Achievement, Taylor University, 1998
  • NAE Layperson of the Year, 1999

Family and Personal

I was born in Hershey, PA and met Marylou at Taylor University. We were married in 1968. Marylou (M.A.E. Ball State University) is a former school teacher who was raised in Michigan. She's an artist who also loves music. We are committed to fully loving God, to being His faithful servants, and to walking in His ways.

We have been blessed with a wonderful family: David (1971) is married to Shelly Dick; Matthew (1973) is married to Stefanie Flora; and MaryBeth (1974) is married to Kyle Jackson. Between all of them, we have six grandchildren.

Marylou and I rejoice in God's faithfulness. We continue to strive to be His faithful followers and to love Him with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength.