President Linda R. Buchanan, Ph.D., began her tenure as the second woman to lead Andrew College in June 2015. Her journey to Andrew is the culmination of nearly 40 years of higher education experience. President Buchanan’s professional background includes leadership roles at Iowa Wesleyan College and LaGrange College, both United Methodist-related institutions, as well as Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)-related Midway College in Kentucky. Additionally, Buchanan served in the United States Navy, retiring at the rank of captain.
“Andrew College has been a beacon of education, culture, and spiritual uplift since 1854,” Buchanan said. Knowing the resources colleges can bring to a community, Buchanan asks two questions: How can Andrew College best serve the region of Southwest Georgia? How can Andrew College best serve the South Georgia Conferenceof The United Methodist Church? Answers to these basic questions formulated the foundation of task forces led by faculty and staff early in the fall of 2015.
With a strong belief in servant leadership, Buchanan said, “Andrew College will rekindle the flame of leadership to serve both the region of Southwest Georgia and the South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church.”
Buchanan’s portfolio spans accreditation, athletics, curriculum development, enrollment management, strategic planning, and student services. Her most notable accomplishments include a research-based enrollment and marketing overhaul that resulted in record-breaking admissions, leading a transition from NAIA to NCAA Division III athletics, participating in $16million of renovation and construction of facilities, contributing to the leadership a $65 million capital campaign, developing and teaching a required seminar for first-year students, and a dozen on-site reviews with regional accreditation agencies.
She also has widespread experience with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), which visited Andrew College in the fall of 2015 as part of a decennial recertification process.
Prior to her student services career, Buchanan was the director of athletics, a volleyball coach and a faculty member at Midway College in Midway, Ky.
Buchanan holds a bachelor’s degree from George Williams College in Downers Grove, Ill., a master’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University and a doctorate from Georgia State University. Her Stansbury Award-winning dissertation studied small American colleges in the 19th century. She is an honorary member of Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education, at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
A lifelong historian, Buchanan has presented at the Southern History of Education Society multiple times. She coordinated and hosted the conference in 2009. Her work on two historically black colleges has been published in Garland Publishing’s “Essays of Twentieth-Century Southern Education” and presented to the American Educational Research Association.
About Andrew College
Founded in 1854, Andrew College is a small, private, two-year college related to The United Methodist Church and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Its mission is to provide an academically challenging liberal arts curriculum within a nurturing community. To discover more about Andrew, visit andrewcollege.edu or @AndrewCollege on Twitter.