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I came to work as president in early 2009 and for me it was a true homecoming. I first saw this campus as a freshman about 40 years ago. I had never seen this part of the country before and had no idea what to expect. As a new student, the first person I met on campus asked me a series of questions. Where was I from? What was going to be my major? What future plans did I have? I could answer the first question, but had no idea about the last two.
What impressed me was that this person, and virtually every person I met after that, was really interested in me. That first encounter was with a faculty member who became very dear to my heart, and later served as best man at my wedding.
At York College, we have built a tradition of outstanding academic credentials and a history of preparing men and women to be leaders in every aspect of their lives. While the academic experience has expanded from when I was a student, I am pleased to write that the concern and dedication of the YC faculty and staff are the same. Around here we refer to that as the "York Experience." At York College every person is important.
York College prepared me academically, which I expected. However, it also prepared me spiritually and socially, which has become more important to me throughout my career. At York College I was able to find my future, find lifelong friends (including my wife), find myself and find God.
I invite you to consider what York College can do for you. This college has prepared thousands of students for the business of life. I encourage you to learn more about how you may join them and find a great preparation for life here at York College.
Let me know how we may assist you.
Dr. Steven W. Eckman President
About Steve Eckman
Dr. Steven W. Eckman, a 1971 YC graduate, began his service as the 20th president of York College in January 2009. President Eckman is well-versed in higher education and development and has a variety of experience in Christian colleges and universities. Prior to coming to York, he served as executive vice president at Ohio Valley University located near Parkersburg, West Virginia. Before that he was senior vice president of advancement, overseeing outreach functions of the college, including community, church and corporate relations, as well as fund raising.
Dr. Eckman started his career as director of admissions and financial aid at York College in the 1970s, and later served in a variety of roles at Lubbock Christian University in Lubbock, Texas. His positions at LCU included director of admissions, director of financial aid, dean of students, director of institutional effectiveness and planning, and associate professor of Bible. President Eckman has also worked as senior grant administrator for the J.F. Maddox Foundation. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Amridge University, completed the Master of Divinity degree and Master of Biblical Studies degree from Abilene Christian University, and completed extensive course work in higher education administration at Texas Tech University. He received his Bachelors degree from Lubbock Christian University.
Steve and his wife LaRee (Scroggin), York College class of 1971, have two grown sons: Jarred and Jeremy.
To learn more about President Eckman, read the Fall 2009 interview in Heritage, the YC alumni magazine (located on page 10).