Lake Union announces new education team

Posted on Jun 11 2015

The Lake Union Conference Education team of Garry Sudds, director and coordinator of secondary education, and James Martz, associate director and coordinator of elementary education, has announced their retirement dates in the first quarter of 2016.

Upon learning of the directors’ relatively close retirement dates, the Lake Union administration conducted a Division-wide search for qualified candidates to facilitate a smooth transition in the Education Department. On June 9, the Executive Committee voted to invite Linda Fuchs, superintendent of education for the Michigan Conference, to fill the position of director of Education. The Committee also voted to ask Ruth Horton, superintendent of education for the Illinois Conference, to fill the position of associate director of Education.

Fuchs currently supervises one of the largest Adventist
educational programs in North America, which includes 39 schools, 1,740 students and 135 full-time faculty. She is a graduate of Atlantic Union College in S. Lancaster, Mass., and earned an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. Fuchs comes with 27 years of classroom experience, five years as associate superintendent of education, and seven years as superintendent. In addition, she has served since 1999 in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Development at Andrews University as a supervising, contract instructor.

Horton brings experience as superintendent from both the Illinois
and Lake Region conferences. She is a graduate of Caribbean Union College in Trinidad, West Indies, and Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich. She earned an M.A. in Educational Administration & Supervision at Andrews University, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from National-Louis University, Wheeling, Ill. Horton comes to the Lake Union Conference with 23 years of classroom experience and nine years experience as superintendent of education.

“As we surveyed the North American Division for candidates, we were pleased
that the quality of our own Lake Union educational personnel led us to Linda Fuchs and Ruth Horton,” said Don Livesay, president of the Lake Union. “These two godly and quality educational leaders will be a profound blessing to Adventist education throughout the Lake Union.”

The timing for the transitions will be coordinated by the Lake Union
administration and the conferences in which the superintendents currently serve.

Source: Gary Burns, director of communication, Lake Union Conference