After working at Southern Adventist University since 2016, Glenn and Jennifer Carter will be leaving the school in the near future.
Glenn, who has simultaneously served as vice president for Enrollment Management and associate vice president for Student Finance, and Jennifer, director of the Christian Service Program, are planning to move to Orlando to provide long-term support to their loved ones after a family medical need arose.
“God created family for a reason, and God expects us to be there and to support people in their time of need,” Glenn said. “And at this point we feel that we are being called to step up and stand in the gap for our family at a time when it is needed.”
The Carters said that while they are taking a new path in life, making the choice to move has been tough, as Southern has always felt like home.
“We love Southern, and we love to engage with the students, and we love the opportunity to help make the Adventist educational system strong,” Glenn said. “I could tell you stories for days of how the students have blessed us by welcoming us into their lives. The biggest message is ‘thank you’ to the students.”
While at Southern, the Carters have taken part in many organizations including various cultural clubs and the Merge worship service.
“This has been amazing,” Jennifer said. “They just make us feel like we are a part. They have been amazing to us.”
While they do not currently have a timeline for their departure from Southern, the Carters hope to stay at least until the end of the semester.
In an email to faculty and staff, President David Smith said that Southern is currently working to fill their positions in a way that allows for a smooth transition between employees.
“They have been an integral part of our campus since 2016, and I am incredibly grateful for the time and talent they have dedicated to Southern during their stay here,” he wrote in the email.
Making sure that administration had enough time to find good candidates for their jobs was a big part of the Carters’ decision to announce their departure early on.
“Our interest is in making sure the university flourishes, and we’re doing everything we can as part of this transition to make sure that the university is positioned for success,” Glenn said.