Office of the President

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Location: Riggs Hall, Third Floor, Suite 314

Phone: (417) 865-2811 ext. 7200
Location: Riggs Hall, Third Floor, Suite 314

President Dr. Robert H. Spence

Dr. Spence has served as president of Evangel since 1974, making him the second-longest-serving college president in the United States.

During his tenure, Evangel has doubled enrollment, added 9 master’s degrees, gained University status and totally transformed the campus with 12 major building projects.

Dr. Spence is active in civic and community affairs in Springfield, having served as chairman of the boards for City Utilities, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Springfield Branson National Airport. He has served as president of the board of directors of Cox Health and has been president of the Springfield Downtown Rotary Club. Currently he serves as a member of the board of trustees of the Cox College of Nursing and Health Sciences and is chairman of the board of directors for Maranatha Village, a retirement community for the Assemblies of God.

2013-14 will mark the conclusion of Dr. Spence’s official tenure at the university. He is scheduled to deliver the commencement address in May 2014, his last act as president.

President-Elect Dr. Carol Taylor

Dr. Carol Taylor is president-elect and chief executive officer of Evangel University, having been appointed by the board of trustees to lead the new consolidated university. She began her tenure at Evangel in July 2013.

Dr. Taylor comes to Evangel from Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California, where she served as it’s ninth president from 2009-2013. Prior to that, she was provost/vice president of academic affairs at Vanguard.

An alumna of both Evangel University and the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, Dr. Taylor also took classes at Central Bible College. She received Evangel’s Distinguished Alumnus Award for 2012 and is an ordained Assemblies of God minister.

President Dr. Robert Spence
President-Elect/CEO Dr. Carol Taylor
Special Assistant to the President Joanne Strom
Executive Assistant Virginia Sanders



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