James L. Edwards

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James L. Edwards
President of Anderson University
In office
July 1, 1990 (1990-07-01) – March 2, 2015 (2015-03-02)
Succeeded by John S. Pistole
Personal details
Alma mater Anderson University
Ohio State University

James L. Edwards, Ph.D, is the former president of the Anderson University, a position he had held since July 1, 1990, and the former president of the Anderson School of Theology.[1]



Dr. Edwards completed his bachelor's and master's degree from Anderson University and the Anderson University School of Theology. In 1987, he went on to receive his Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Policy and Leadership from Ohio State University. His dissertation was titled Connections: Things That Matter to Teachers in Small Colleges. While completing his doctoral studies, he received the Earl W. Anderson Award for Research in Higher Education from Ohio State’s College of Education.

President of Anderson University[edit]

Dr. Edwards became president of Anderson University on July 1, 1990. He was the fourth president in the university's history and also presided over the Anderson University School of Theology.[1] President Edwards is commonly and popularly referred to as "P. Eddy" by the Anderson University students. This is from the abbreviation of the word "President" and the shortening of the name "Edwards." As of 2014, Edwards has officially announced that he is stepping down as president and will conclude by the end of the 2014-2015 academic year. His last year of service will mark 25 years.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Office of the President". Anderson University. Retrieved 2008-10-09. 
  2. ^ "Edwards to conclude presidency in 2014-15". Archived from the original on 2014-05-29. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
Academic offices
Preceded by
Dr. Robert Nicholson
President of
Anderson University

1990 — 2015