Former Board Chair Emily Jean McAfee received the Order of Andrew award at Andrew College’s annual Convocation ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. The Order of Andrew is the College’s most prestigious award and is bestowed upon those persons who have demonstrated a tireless dedication to the education and enrichment of the men and women Andrew serves. A handmade glass sculpture featuring a butterfly and caterpillar accompany the award, symbolizing the enormous variety of human talent in the world and the transformative experiences that occur at Andrew.
Mrs. McAfee took her role on the Board very seriously: beginning in 1986, she served 27 consecutive years on the Board and was Board Chair from 1997 – 2010. Her tenure oversaw two comprehensive fundraising campaigns that totaled almost $40 million in gift support for the College, and a new residence hall and chapel were constructed under her guidance. Upon the announcement of President Treible’s retirement, she spearheaded the search for his successor, David Palmer, and later led the College’s transition to its current president, Dr. David Seyle.
Personally, Mrs. McAfee exemplifies the spirit of servant leadership that permeates Andrew’s culture, serving as a role model for the signature AndrewServes Servant Leadership Program. “Mrs. Emily Jean would be the first to tell you that no one person was responsible for the survival of Andrew College at any point in its history, but I would argue that she came very close to filling that role during the middle of the last decade,” remarked Donnie Collins, Title III Director and Associate Professor of Business and Information Systems.
Through personal support for students and engagement with the faculty, Mrs. McAfee was respected in every corner of the campus community, and she enjoyed a strong following throughout her time at Andrew. Her ties include family roots in Cuthbert, as well as leadership roles at Albany’s Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church and in the South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church. She remains a lifelong education advocate and community supporter.