Former York College President Larry Roberts dies at age 77

York College today received word that former President Larry Roberts passed away on Friday, April 20 in Sebring, Florida. Roberts was 77 years old.

Roberts had a long history in ministry and in Christian higher education. He was the 17th president of York College, serving from 1991 to 1995. During that time, he oversaw the transition from a two-year to a four-year college at YC.

“Larry Roberts was so important to our campus during his years here. He was a great example of Christian servant leadership. He will be missed,” said Steve Eckman, current president of YC.

Roberts was born on Nov. 5, 1934 in San Angelo, Texas. For many years he preached at congregations in New Jersey, New York, Texas, Mississippi and Florida.

A graduate of Harding University and Harding Graduate School of Religion, Christian education was important to Roberts. In addition to his years at YC, he also served as vice president of Lubbock Christian University in Lubbock, Texas and president of North Eastern Christian College in Villanova, Penn.

Roberts received Doctorate of Laws degrees from Pepperdine University and Lubbock Christian University.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Lee Roberts of Sebring; daughter, Julie (Clay) Ferguson of Cape Coral; sons Rob (Melinda) Roberts of Atlanta, Ga., and Brian Roberts of Macon, Ga.; grandchildren Austin Roberts, Ethan Roberts, and Adrienne Ferguson; sisters Edy Bavousett of Amarillo, Texas, and Betty Gwen Mayard of Orange, Texas.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at the Avon Park Church of Christ with interment in the Bougainvillea Cemetery in Avon Park, Fla.  Services are provided by Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home.

Larry and Dorothy Roberts in the 1991-92 York College Crusader.

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