The inauguration of Paul Lowell Haines is an opportunity for Taylor University to build on her strong, biblical, God-given heritage, to celebrate the present pursuit of biblical wisdom and knowledge, and to launch a bold new vision for a decade of transformation.

No Higher Standard
The venerable American blues songwriter, Willie Dixon, once penned the lyric, “built for comfort, not for speed.”  The phrase, although fitting in the context in which it was used, is antithetical to the Christian college, like Taylor, which is called to impact its students, its people, and the world for Christ.  For the Christian college, the task in not one of comfort.  It is not one for those who are satisfied with the mediocre, the marginal, or with “shooting for the middle.” Nor is the task one for those whose primary concern is speed.  Quality Christian higher education and character development do not happen overnight, but rather require time, patience, dedication and hard work.  For the Christian college, it is more about process than product, although the Christian college “product” can be world-changing.

For the Christian college, the standard for action is clear.  The Living Word of God calls the Christian to do everything, “for the glory of God” (1st Corinthians 10:31).  Moreover, Colossians 3:17 calls the Christian to “do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

What level of effort satisfies this highest of standards?  What quality of action is worthy to be identified with the Name of the Creator of the Universe?   What act of the will is deserving of representing the One who died for you and for me?  For the Christian, there can be “no higher standard.”  Christ calls us to excellence and to give our best in all that we do for Him.

At Taylor that means committing ourselves, wholeheartedly, with excellence, and without reservation, to “developing servant leaders marked with a passion to minister Christ’s redemptive love and truth to a world in need.”

Guest Information


Upland, Indiana is located approximately 90 miles northeast of Indianapolis International Airport, 50 miles from Fort Wayne International Airport, and 150 miles from the Chicago city center. For a complete list of driving directions and a campus map, select these links.  The campus address is 236 West Reade Ave., Upland, IN 46989.


Area lodging information can be found by clicking this link.


Van shuttles will transport guests from various parking lots througout campus to event venues. Recommended parking lots include those located at the Randall Environmental Center (H1 on the campus map), Gudakunst Field (F1), Odle Arena (E2), Hodson Dining Commons (D2), and Wheeler Field (G2).  Click to view a campus map with a legend to help navigate the campus.

Registration Closes
October 6, 2017

Inauguration Highlights

Paul Lowell Haines, EdD, JD Vita

Prior to joing the Taylor University administration, President Haines served on Taylor's Board of Trustees.  He is a 1975 Taylor graduate and the first 10 years of his professional career were spent in Upland. Read more

Special Inaugural Activites

A variety of inaugural activities have been planned to celebrate the inauguration of Paul Lowell Haines as the 31st President of Taylor University.  These events reflect the personality and interest of both the President and the First Lady.  Learn more

Delegate Information

Delegates from colleges, universities, learned societies and ministries marching in the academic procession are asked to provide their own academic regalia,if desired. Robing and assembly will begin at 9 a.m. in the Odle Arena. Learn more

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Taylor University
236 W. Reade Ave
Upland, IN 46989
Direct: 765-998-5117
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