President Carol A. Taylor, Ph.D.
Dr. Carol A. Taylor serves as the fourth president of Evangel University, a position she has held since 2013. An alumna of both Evangel and the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, Dr. Taylor, who holds a doctorate from Florida State University, has spent her life in a variety of key leadership roles in public, private, and Christian education.
Dr. Taylor came to Evangel after serving as the ninth president of Vanguard University, located in Costa Mesa, California, from 2009-2013. She previously was Vanguard’s provost/vice president of academic affairs.
Before joining Vanguard, Dr. Taylor served for seven years as the vice provost for undergraduate education at Biola University, 12 years in executive management and research at Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, New Jersey, and also taught in public education and at several state universities, including Millard Public Schools, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Florida State University, and Eastern Michigan University.
She has also been a reviewer with Vanguard’s regional accrediting association, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and she has served with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) for their study abroad programs and leadership development institutes where she serves as a facilitator and mentor for emerging leaders. She currently serves on the CCCU board of directors.
Dr. Taylor’s leadership has been recognized by a number of groups and institutions. For example, she received the Orange County Business Journal’s Women in Business Award in 2011 and was recognized two years in a row as one of the top 20 professional women to watch in Orange County, California.
She received Evangel’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2012. In May 2014, the Springfield Business Journal named Dr. Taylor to the 24th class of Most Influential Women in Springfield, Missouri, and in 2018, she was included in the 100 Most Influential Business Leaders in southwest Missouri.
Dr. Taylor has been active in various community groups and church ministries. She serves on several boards including Cox Health and the Springfield Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of Rotary, the Springfield Community Leadership Forum, and several other community groups.
She is an ordained minister of the Assemblies of God serving in Christian higher education, and she is a member of the General Presbytery of the General Council of the Assemblies of God. Dr. Taylor loves serving her alma mater and seeing men and women equipped to be Spirit-filled servants who impact the church and society on a global level.
It was her joy to share the final season of her parents lives by sharing a home and seeing to their care. Both are now safely home and enjoying Heaven.
She enjoys collecting stories of alumni, international cooking, entertaining, traveling, home decorating, music, a good read, exploring backroads and out of the way places, and anyone with a good sense of humor.