Habecker Named President Emeritus

Published: Jun 17, 2016

Eugene B. Habecker

Dr. Eugene B. Habecker has been named President Emeritus of Taylor University.  Habecker, a 1968 Taylor alumnus, served as Taylor’s President from 2005 until May 31, 2016.

Highlights of his administration include:

  • raising $160 million for endowment and capital projects;
  • construction of major campus facilities which include the Memorial Prayer Chapel, Euler Science Complex, and the LaRita Boren Campus Center;
  • construction of the Campbell and Wolgemuth student apartment complexes and Breuninger residence hall;
  • construction of athletic and physical education facilities including the Eichling Aquatics Wing of the Kesler Student Activities Center, a new combined football and soccer stadium and lighted practice facility, and renovation of Odle Arena;
  • establishment of the Spencer Centre for Global Engagement, Center for Scripture Engagement, Bedi Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, Center for the Study of CS Lewis and Friends, and Center for Missions Computing;
  • establishment of international centers in Greystones, Ireland, and Cuenca, Ecuador;
  • establishment of articulation agreements with Hongdong University, Korea; Verbo Church in Cuenca, Ecuador;
  • and nine straight number one regional rankings for Taylor by S. News and World Report.

Prior to coming to Taylor in 2005, Habecker served presidencies of the American Bible Society (1991-2005) and Huntington University (1981-1991). He also served in administrative positions at Huntington, George Fox University (Newberg, Ore.), and Eastern University (St. Davids, Pa.).

He holds Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Ball State University and the University of Michigan. He also earned a Juris Doctor from Temple University and is a member (inactive) of the Pennsylvania Bar. Habecker also completed the Institute for Educational Management program at Harvard University and is the recipient of honorary degrees from numerous colleges and universities. Additionally, he was honored by the State of Indiana as a Sagamore of the Wabash, the State’s highest award, during recent farewell ceremonies.

Habecker’s wife Marylou is also a 1968 Taylor graduate and holds a Master’s degree from Ball State University. She is a speaker, writer, and artist. She has also served on the boards of the Women’s Bible Society of New York City, Nyack College, Taylor University, the Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA-NYC), and Overseas Council.

Between them, the Habeckers have traveled to more than 90 countries throughout Asia, Africa, North and South America, Europe, and the Middle East. 

“We are thrilled that our warm and longstanding relationship with Gene and Marylou will continue in this new capacity,” said Taylor President Paul Lowell Haines, who took office on June 1. “Gene has consistently demonstrated excellence, a commitment to students, and a Christ-centered worldview that has impacted every facet of his life and work.”

“This new appointment for Gene is a natural extension of a distinguished career that has impacted the lives of thousands of college students, faculty and staff members,” said Mark Taylor, Taylor’s Board Chairman. “The Habeckers have established themselves as loving, winsome Christ followers who themselves are marked with a passion to impact future leaders for the cause of our Lord.”