President-Elect and CEO: 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 its ninth president from 2009-2013. Prior to that, she was provost/vice president of academic affairs at Vanguard.
Before joining the Vanguard administration, Dr. Taylor served for seven years as the vice provost for undergraduate education at Biola University, 12 years in executive management at Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, New Jersey, and has taught at various higher educational institutions at both the undergraduate and graduate school levels.
An alumna of both Evangel University and the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, Dr. Taylor also took classes at Central Bible College. She holds a doctorate from Florida State University and received the Orange County Business Journal Women in Business Award in 2011 and was recognized two years running as one of top 20 professional women to watch in Orange County.
Dr. Taylor has also served as a reviewer with Vanguard’s regional accrediting association (WASC) and in various roles with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities for their study abroad programs and leadership development institutes.
She received Evangel’s Distinguished Alumnus Award for 2012 and is an ordained Assemblies of God minister.
Current Evangel president, Dr. Robert Spence, has announced his intentions to take a sabbatical during the first semester of the 2013-2014 school year. He will be the commencement speaker for 2014, completing 40 years of service as president.