AB TO HOST ANNUAL BOO CREW

Community children invited to campus for Halloween fun, Oct. 29
 
Philippi, W.Va. – Children of all ages are invited to Alderson Broaddus University to participate in AB’s annual Boo Crew on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, from 68 p.m. hosted by the student community service organization NOVO.
 
The event will provide an opportunity for children in the community of Philippi to enjoy trick-or-treating and other Halloween themed events.
 
Among the night’s festivities will include trick or treating in Priestley Residence Hall, with students in the hall handing out treats; a Haunted Hallway in Benedum Residence Hall; Trunk or Treat trick-or-treating in the parking lot beside the Shearer Quadrangle; and hot chocolate and games with prizes inside of the Hamer Campus Center.
 
Parking will be marked for community members attending the event that night, and all guests should check in at the Hamer Campus Center upon arrival. For more information, please contact Ashley Davis at davisad@battlers.ab.edu.

AB NAMES 2015 WARD W. HIBBS MINISTERIAL AWARD

Long tome supporter of Alderson Broaddus, Reverend Dr. Archie R. Snedegar, honored
 
PHILIPPI, W.Va. – Alderson Broaddus University is proud to honor Rev. Dr. Archie R. Snedegar, with the 2015 Ward W. Hibbs Ministerial Award. He has been serving as interim pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Charleston, W.Va. since 2012; and it is where he celebrated his 50th anniversary of Gospel ministry in 2013.
 
Alderson Broaddus Chaplain Rev. Dr. Carl Gittings presented the award at the annual meeting of the West Virginia Baptist Convention held at Vienna Baptist Church in Vienna, W. Va. on October 15, 2015. 
 
This award is given annually by Alderson Broaddus University in memory of the ministry of Reverend Dr. Ward W. Hibbs. This award is presented to an American Baptist minister who has made outstanding contribution to the ministry of town and country churches.
“Honoring the memory of Ward W. Hibbs, Alderson Broaddus University desires to strengthen the work of our town and country churches by recognizing the effective, hard-working pastors who serve small town, and open country churches,” said AB President Richard Creehan. “This year’s recipient has not only served the church, but Alderson Broaddus for several years and I am proud of his accomplishments and humbled to call him a friend.”
The Reverend Dr. Archie R. Snedegar committed to the Gospel ministry on February 2, 1954 one year before he graduated from Dupont High School in Belle, West Virginia. He graduated from Morris Harvey College, now known as the University of Charleston, in 1959 after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. He then attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned a Bachelor of Divinity in 1963 and a Master of Divinity degree in 1973. 
 
Ordained April 23, 1963, by the Chaplain Fork Baptist Church in Chaplain, Kentucky, the Reverend Dr. Snedegar went on to serve the following churches in West Virginia: First Baptist Church in St. Mary’s; Beverly Hills Baptist Church in Huntington; Emmanuel Baptist Church in Charleston; Poca Baptist Church; First Baptist Church in Clendenin; and the Charleston Baptist Temple in Charleston. He has been serving as interim pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Charleston, West Virginia since 2012; and it is where he celebrated his 50th anniversary of Gospel ministry in 2013. 
 
Reverend Dr. Snedegar has served as a field representative for the American Baptist Foundation and currently serves as a field representative for the WV Convention Foundation. He has served as pastor counselor for the American Baptist Men’s Ministries of West Virginia, as president of the West Virginia Baptist Ministers’ Council, as chairman of the Christian Higher Education Commission of the West Virginia Baptist Convention. He is currently a member of the Alderson Broaddus University Board of Trustees and Governors, serving on the Board since 2011, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Alderson Broaddus University in 2012.
 
One of the most important criteria for an individual to receive the high honor of being the recipient of the Ward W. Hibbs Ministerial Award is to be involved in the formation of and improvement of community. 
 
Reverend Dr. Snedegar has been active in the communities where he has served as minister. His participation has included Parents Without Partners, the Charleston Police Civil Service Commission, the Charleston Rotary Club, and A. F. and A. M. Chelyan Lodge 158. He served as chaplain of the American Rose Society, president of the Kanawha Valley Heart Association, president of the Charleston Rose Society, president of the Huntington Rose Society, and Master Consulting Rosarian for the American Rose Society.
 
Dr. Snedegar resides in Charleston, West Virginia with his wife Linda. They are the parents of four children and 10 grandchildren. His hobbies include gardening and tennis.
 
The Ward W. Hibbs Ministerial Award honors the ministry of Ward W. Hibbs which spanned more than a half-century having served churches in all sections of West Virginia. As the first director of Town and Country Work for the West Virginia Baptist Convention, Hibbs inaugurated an in-service collegiate training program for ministers at Alderson Broaddus in collaboration with the West Virginia Baptist Convention. In honor and memory of Ward W. Hibbs, his legacy continues with the annual presentation of this award.

FORMER AB PRESIDENT DR. RICHARD E. SHEARER DIES AT 95

Campus mourns the loss of longest serving president

PHILIPPI, W.Va. – It is with great sadness that we announce the death of former Alderson Broaddus President, Dr. Richard E. Shearer (December 30, 1919 – October 6, 2015) at the age of 95. Dr. Shearer’s tenure of 33 years is the longest of any AB president. After his retirement in 1983, he stayed in Philippi, W.Va. where he and his late wife Ruth (Mansberger) Shearer built a life with their three children Patricia, Suzanne, and Richard Jr.

Dr. Shearer began his presidency in 1951 and the basic philosophy of his leadership of Alderson Broaddus was, “A good education will provide power, but it takes good religion to give that power direction.”

In 1950, as a young pastor, he accepted the offer from the Board of Trustees to assume the presidency of Alderson-Broaddus College. At the age of 30, he was the youngest president of any four-year institution of higher learning in the United States. Under Shearer the fortunes of AB improved dramatically, ushering in two decades of growth which emerged the modern campus and identity.

Under his leadership, the majority of the campus was built and it grew from three buildings to a flourishing hub of 14 including the construction of Paul Jones Hall, Funkhouser Auditorium, Pickett Library, Priestley Hall, Heiner Hall, Kemper-Redd, Wilcox Chapel, Rex Pyles Arena, among others. Within the center of the AB campus stands the Shearer Quadrangle dedicated to Dr. Shearer for the multitude of structures that were built under his administration.

In 1968, the college established the first baccalaureate physician assistant program in the country. In addition, and amid a variety of other new academic and athletic programs, enrollment skyrocketed and AB was fast becoming a nationally recognized institution for its quality education and program.“Yesterday, our campus lost one of the greatest presidents to have ever taken office at AB,” says Alderson Broaddus University President, Dr. Richard Creehan. “I had the distinct honor of meeting with Dr. Shearer over the past four years and getting to know his wonderful family. I am deeply saddened at the news of his passing but consider myself blessed to have forged a friendship with him. For more than 60 years, President Shearer’s life, love, and leadership have been woven into the fabric of Alderson Broaddus; his legacy can be seen across campus in countless ways, which has left an indelible mark that will not soon fade away. Recently, I expressed to President Shearer that I stand upon the shoulders of giants. In the eyes and hearts of all that have known him, who have been guided by his leadership, blessed by his courage and kindness, he is the giant upon whose shoulders I now stand.”

As an ordained minister with the American Baptist Churches, Dr. Shearer considered his work at AB a mission and ministry, and so it has been – but so much more. With his intense faith, love for learning, and natural leadership abilities, Alderson-Broaddus College was a perfect fit for him to fulfill a role in administration within an academic setting.“President Shearer accomplished all of this with his remarkable wife by his side,” says Creehan. “Much of President Shearer’s great success can be attributed to his devoted wife and partner of 48 years. As their children will tell you, there was never a better, more loving couple than they, who seemingly led a family and a college so effortlessly. Mrs. Shearer, a wife, mother of three, professor, and First Lady loved her life and work at AB, and it showed. Together, Drs. Richard and Ruth Shearer raised a beautiful family, transformed a college, and shaped the culture of a town with their love for one another, love for God, and love for their fellowman.”

In April 2015, President Shearer was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted into the Alderson Broaddus Battler Hall of Fame, as recognition for all that he has done for AB, and for the Battler community. He had the pleasure of being instated into the Hall of Fame alongside his son, Richard Shearer, Jr.; they are the first-ever father-son duo to be inducted together.“As we mourn the loss of the man who pioneered the way for our small campus on the mountaintop, I reflect upon the words of the Apostle Paul, in Second Timothy that says, ‘I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have kept the faith,’” says Creehan.

This scripture is a testimony to Dr. Richard E. Shearer’s legacy at Alderson Broaddus University.

He is survived by his three children, Richard J. Shearer (and wife Candy); Patricia L. Wilson (and husband Dr. Richard Wilson); and Suzanne G. Jones, of Huntington (whose late husband was Dr. Terry Jones) as well as seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Alderson Broaddus University wishes to extend his entire family and friends our deepest sympathy. We pray that in this time of loss, you feel God’s love, and find comfort in the presence of our Lord.

The Shearer family will receive visitors Friday afternoon from 3-5 p.m. and again on Friday evening from 6:30-8:30 p.m., October 9th at the Philippi Baptist Church.

Burial will be in Pennsylvania on Saturday, with a Memorial Service to be scheduled at Alderson Broaddus University in November.