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Kent, Ohio, United States of America
Chapter from Cradles of Conscience: Ohio’s Independent Colleges and Universities pp. 109-119
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Murdoch, J. Murray, "Cedarville University: Keeping the Faith" (2003). Display Case 2. 3.
Murdoch, Cedarville University, history
“The most unique feature of Cedarville University is its century-long commitment to orthodox biblical Christianity, a course spanning two denominations and eight presidents. Four of those presidents had a clear vision of the mission and four did not. Indeed, throughout Cedarville’s history there have been three key ingredients that have been essential to maintaining this mission: first, a firm attachment to a specific church constituency; second, a strong executive leadership; and third, a solid relationship with the local community. When these three ingredients were in place, the institution prospered. When these ingredients were not in place, the institution struggled. Cedarville stands as a marvelous testimony to what can be accomplished when an institution is faithful to its mission. Cedarville entered the twenty-first century committed to the same values that were the foundation of the institution well over a century ago. Throughout both the Presbyterian and Baptist years, the key to success has been to maintain the mission.”