President Eugene B. Habecker '68
Dr. Eugene B. Habecker has served as president of Taylor University since 2005. He holds degrees from Taylor University, Ball State University, and the University of Michigan (PhD.). He also earned a law degree (J.D.) from Temple University and is a member (inactive) of the Pennsylvania Bar. He completed the Institute for Educational Management program at Harvard University and is the recipient of honorary degrees from numerous colleges and universities.
Prior to coming to Taylor in 2005, Dr. Habecker was the president of the American Bible Society (1991-2005) and the president of Huntington University (1981-1991). He also served in administrative positions at Huntington, George Fox University (Newberg, OR), and Eastern University (St. Davids, PA).
Dr. Habecker has authored numerous articles and four books: Affirmative Action in the Independent College (1977), The Other Side of Leadership (1987), Leading with a Follower’s Heart (1990), and Rediscovering the Soul of Leadership (1996).
He is also the recipient of numerous honors including Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Directory of American Scholars, and Two Thousand Notable Americans. In 1998, he was named Distinguished Alumnus for Professional Achievement by Taylor University, and the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) named him Layperson of the Year in 1999.
Mrs. Marylou Habecker is a volunteer, speaker, educator, writer, and artist. She holds a bachelor's degree from Taylor University, a master's degree in education from Ball State University, and has been an elementary school teacher in both public and private schools in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.
She has been a guest lecturer at several universities and has served with several community organizations, including as board member for Pathfinders, Inc., and committee member for the gifted and talented program for the Huntington School system.
Marylou served as a Curriculum Consultant for "The Flying Rhinoceros" in Portland, Ore. She has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Nyack College, Alliance Theological Seminary, Taylor University, New York City's Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA), and Overseas Council International.
Marylou has been extensively involved as a leader, board member and speaker in organizations such as Christian Women's Clubs and Bible Study Fellowship. Ministry emphases have included Bible study, discipleship, prayer, and speaking at women's retreats and conferences. She has also written articles for several Christian publications. Marylou has served on the Board of Managers of the Women's Bible Society of New York. She currently serves on the board of Project Mercy and is a member of One Town Upland, the Upland development committee, and the local Women in Leadership group. She is also part of a vibrant women's prayer ministry on Taylor University's campus.
As a volunteer partner with her husband at Taylor University in extensive and diverse ministries, Marylou finds great fulfillment in working with community leaders, students, staff and faculty, as well as donors, trustees, church leaders, and alumni.
Marylou has traveled extensively with her husband, both nationally and globally. The primary focus of the international travel has been leadership, governance, relational, and educational activities with leaders of the United Bible Societies and Taylor University. Highlights have included visits with church, educational, and government leaders along with meeting people in more than 90 countries including China, Japan, South Korea, Ghana, Brazil, India, Ecuador, Uruguay, Mexico, Lebanon, Egypt, Cyprus, Israel, Africa, Australia, Russia, Georgia, South Africa, Southeast Asia, and Western Europe.
Marylou and her husband Eugene are the parents of three married children and have seven grandchildren.