May 2024

Introducing President Crockett

On Tuesday, May 7, at 4 p.m. in Founders Memorial Amphitorium, the sixth president of Bob Jones University was announced to be Dr. Josh Crockett. Amid an overwhelmingly positive response to this announcement, alumni and friends of BJU quickly expressed a desire to know more about the new president and to hear his vision for the student experience at Bob Jones University. Click on the link below for a video message Dr. Crockett has specifically crafted for you.

We Need Your Recommendations

The Alumni Relations Department is gearing up for all things Homecoming on October 11–12, and we need your help! During the Alumni Dinner on October 11, the Lifetime Achievement award recipients will be revealed, and those recipients originate from your nominations.

Last year, the alumni and broader BJU community recommended an excellent list of candidates, and the 2023 Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to Bob and Bonnie Bixby, Cleo Campbell, Dr. Malcolm Cummings and Dr. Jonathan Edwards.

This award is presented to an individual who is a graduate of BJU with at least 30 years of post-graduate ministry/work/service and has displayed outstanding Christian service, accomplishments and impact on their sphere of influence.

If you know a BJU graduate fitting this description, please click the button below to submit your nomination. Thank you!

2024 Vintage Dedicatees

The 2024 Vintage is dedicated to two individuals who have faithfully served Jesus Christ through their ministries at BJU.

Bruce Polhamus graduated with a BS in Cinema in ’76 and later joined BJU’s former motion picture studio, Unusual Films where he applied his God-given artistic gifts to promote the University. He eventually served as lead animator. When Unusual Films closed in 2016, Bruce transferred to the marketing department where he continues to promote the University through his gift of storytelling. In May, Bruce Polhamus completed 47 years of service to BJU where he exemplified Christ in everything he did.

Dan Boone completed 47 ½ years of service to BJU this May. Dan received a BS in Radio and Television Broadcasting in 1977 and a MA in Cinema and Visual Production in 2011. For 37 ½ years Dan worked on BJU’s TV program, Show My People, in addition to a variety of films highlighting BJU’s educational programs and stage productions. Dan has been a member of the marketing department video team for the past ten years where he plays a key role in livestreaming BJU’s chapel and special events. While he has spent most of his career working behind a camera, he stands as a testament of lifelong ministry for the sake of the gospel.

BJU Students in Summer Ministry

Final exams are complete, the seniors have graduated and the campus is noticeably quieter, but BJU students are busy with summer ministry in at least 24 states, 13 different countries and on every continent around the world! During the next three months, over 300 BJU students will be serving in 34 different churches, 28 different camps and 9 nonprofit ministries. Join BJU faculty and staff in praying for our students as they minister all over the world, impacting lives with the Gospel.

Employment Opportunities

Alumni Updates

Future Bruins

Centers, Mark ’13 and Sarah (Dersch) ’09, Abigail Joy, April 4, 2024
Knutson, Tyler ’18 and Julieta (Quaglia) ’17, Magnolia Wren, March 29, 2024
Williquette, Drew ’20 and Jenna (Moore) ’19, Sydney, January 29, 2024


Young: Elizabeth West ’20 to Daniel, April 27, 2024


Acosta, Teresa (Overstreet) ’78 ICS FE, April 20, 2024
Berg, Ellen (Calvert) 1YR, February 28, 2024
Donnelly, Christine (Page) FE, April 16, 2024
Durgin, David ’71 ICS, May 2, 2024
Hall, Margaret (Chapin) ’58, April 12, 2024
Huffman, Phyllis (Reynolds) ’77, April 15, 2024
LeCompte, Verna “Eileen” ’56 FE, April 29, 2024
Lourenco, Adauto ’90, April 18, 2024
Mitchell, Mary (Therit) ’78, April 19, 2024
Nutting, Marguerite (McCluney) ’51 FE, May 3, 2024
Pantana, Philip ’72, April 30, 2024
Rogier, Linda (Williams) ’85 FE, April 15, 2024
Van Ingen, Lane ’65 FE, April 7, 2024
Willis, Keren (Hicklin) ’89, May 3, 2024

*FE indicates a long-time former employee of BJU.

Class Notes

Michael Cooper ’09 became a licensed professional counselor in Virginia in April.

Jeremy Larson ’07 earned tenure and was promoted to the position of associate professor at Regent University in Virginia Beach, where he teaches in the Humanities Department and in the Honors College.

Tim Olinda ’82 retired after 40 years of teaching in New Jersey, South Carolina and Delaware. His last position was in the Computer Lab at Cedar Lane Elementary in the Appoquinimink School District. He and his wife, Lisa, live in Travelers Rest, South Carolina.

Anderson Rouse ’12 graduated with a PhD in History from the University of North Carolina Greensboro on May 2, 2024. His dissertation was titled “Keeping Up with the Joneses: Progressive Era Revivalism in the South and the Rise of the Christian Right.” This work studies the ministries of Dr. Bob Jones Sr. and Sam Jones and their impact on Southern culture and politics.

Ed Simpson ’74 retired from Harvester Baptist Church in Ellicott City, Maryland, after 47 years as the senior pastor.

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Exclusion of MLM and P2P Selling

As the Alumni Relations department at Bob Jones University, we prioritize integrity and transparency within our community. To maintain these values and ensure the best experience for all users, we are unable to list Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) or Peer-to-Peer (P2P) links in the small business section of our Resource web page.

What does this mean?

  1. No MLM: We do not allow any business models that involve recruiting others into a hierarchical structure where compensation is based on the recruitment efforts of those below them rather than on actual sales or services.
  2. No P2P Selling: We do not support the direct selling of goods or services from one individual to another without proper oversight or regulation. This includes but is not limited to direct person-to-person sales, often conducted through social networks or other informal channels.

Why have we made this decision?

  • Protection of Users: We aim to protect our alumni from potential financial harm or exploitation that can be associated with MLM.
  • Maintaining Trust: By excluding MLM and P2P selling, we maintain the trust and credibility of our community, ensuring a safe and reliable environment for all participants.

If you come across any content or activity on our platform (including social media sites) that violates these guidelines, please report it immediately. Together, we can foster a community built on fairness, trust, and mutual respect.

Thank you for being a part of the BJU Alumni community.