Eckman Begins Presidency

Alumnus serves as 20th YC President

Steve Eckman

Steven W. Eckman, a 1971 YC graduate, is officially in his new role as the 20th president of York College. On Monday, January 19, he met with his predecessor, Dr. Wayne Baker, to discuss their new positions. Baker will introduce President Eckman to the York College community and assist him throughout the week in the transition process. Baker will himself be assuming the important task of raising funds for the college in his role as chancellor.

Chairman of the YC board of trustees H. Jarrell Gibbs commented earlier in the academic year, “We are pleased that Steve Eckman has accepted the important task of leading York College,” said Gibbs. “It is exciting to have such a godly man, who brings many years of successful service in Christian college education. As a graduate and former staff member of the college, Steve’s love and understanding of this great institution makes him a wonderful choice.”

A national presidential search began this past spring after Dr. Wayne Baker announced his plans to retire and move back to his home state of Alabama. The board asked him to consider the role of chancellor and travel extensively for the college as a fundraiser.

“We are so appreciative for the many years of dedicated service Dr. Baker has given as president of York College,” Gibbs said. “His continuing service as chancellor speaks well of his love for this place and our confidence in his leadership.”

President Eckman is well-versed in higher education and development and has a variety of experience in Christian colleges and universities. For the past two years he has 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 fundraising and development.

“LaRee and I are humbled and honored by the opportunity to once again join the York College family,” said Eckman. “York has had a tremendous impact on our lives academically, spiritually, and by blessing us with a wonderful life together. We look forward to serving God together with the dedicated faculty and staff at York in impacting lives of young people and serving the church in the North Central States. We pray our work will allow us, in some small way, to repay this institution for what it has given us.”

Eckman started his career as director of admissions and financial aid at York College in the 1970s. He later served in a variety of roles with 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. Eckman has also served as senior grant administrator for the J.F. Maddox Foundation. 

Eckman has traveled throughout the country as a consultant in business, leadership development, team building and employee relations.  He is a frequent presenter at workshops, lectures, retreats, and conventions. In addition to working in a university setting, he has served as pulpit minister for the Taylor Street Church of Christ in Hobbs, New Mexico.  Eckman has also volunteered as a board member for several nonprofit and community improvement organizations.  He is a member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Christian Education Association.

Eckman is presently completing work toward a Doctor of Ministry and holds a Master of Divinity degree and a Master of Biblical Studies degree from Abilene Christian University. He has also completed additional coursework in higher education administration from Texas Tech University.

Steve and his wife LaRee (Scroggin), York College class of 1971, have two grown sons: Jarred and Jeremy. 

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