Wednesday, August 4, 2010

SBU's Steve Whisler to Retire

Southwest Baptist University News Release
Contact: Sharina Smith, Office of Marketing & Communications
417-328-1803 /

BOLIVAR, Mo. – On August 6 Steve Whisler, a Southwest Baptist University graduate of the class of ’71 and recipient of the Life Beautiful Award, will retire after a total of 26 years of service to his alma mater in order to become the new minister to senior adults at Second Baptist Church in Springfield, Missouri. Since 1989 he has served in nearly every area of University Relations and is presently the director of estate planning and church relations.  
Previously he had been a member of the music faculty from 1976-1981, during which time he composed the current school song entitled “SBU, Our Alma Mater.” He has participated in every capital and endowment project undertaken by the University in the last 20 years, initiated the recently-approved “SBU Gift and Planned Giving Guidelines and Procedures,” and was directly involved in securing the largest known planned gift in the history of the University. 
“Steve has served SBU well in many different roles in University Relations during his 26-year tenure.  I enjoy working with him and will miss working with him on a daily basis,” said Dr. Pat Taylor, president of SBU.  “We wish him well in his work as minister to senior adults at Second Baptist Church of Springfield.”

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