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The General Conference Education Team

The Education Department team is responsible for the coordination, promotion, training, and quality of the global Seventh-day Adventist educational system, which includes 7,804 schools, colleges and universities, with 84,997 teachers and 1,673,828 students. Working in close cooperation with the Education Department directors in the 13 world divisions, the staff offers services to boards, administrators, and faculty of Adventist colleges and universities worldwide. The staff also provides support through the world divisions to educational leaders at union/ conference/ mission levels and to teachers in Adventist elementary and secondary schools to ensure that the Adventist philosophy of education and the principles of faith-and-learning are integrated into the life of each institution. In addition, the staff cooperates with Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries and the Youth Ministries Department in nurturing the faith of Adventist students attending non-Adventist colleges and universities worldwide.


Lisa M. Beardsley-Hardy, Ph.D, MPH, MBA, Director
Liaison for higher education to the North American Division

Dr. Lisa Beardsley-Hardy completed two years of theology at Newbold College, England, and graduated with a Bachelor of Theology from the SDA Theological Seminary, Far East (now Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies) in the Philippines. She earned graduate degrees in public health (MPH, Loma Linda University), educational psychology (PhD, University of Hawai’i at Manoa), and management (MBA, Claremont Graduate University, California).

Dr. Beardsley-Hardy held faculty positions at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, the University of Illinois, Andrews University and Loma Linda University. Her administrative experience includes department chair of health education at Toivonlinnanseminaari, Finland; assistant dean for medical education & evaluation, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria; associate vice president for academic affairs, Andrews University; and vice chancellor for academic affairs, Loma Linda University. She served as a chaplain at Methodist Medical Center of Illinois and Lakeland Medical Center, Michigan and holds ecclesiastical endorsement as an educational chaplain and an associate healthcare chaplain.

Born in England, she holds UK, Finnish and US citizenships. She and her husband Dr. Frank Hardy have a daughter and two grandchildren. Her special interests include mushroom hunting, cross-country skiing and music.

Hudson Kibuuka, Ed.D., Associate Director

Liaison for higher education to the Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division, Southern Asia Division, and Southern Asia-Pacific Division

Dr. Hudson Kibuuka holds a B.Sc. with majors in Mathematics and Chemistry and a minor in Physics, as well as a concurrent Diploma in Education (Mathematics Education and Primary Teachinig Methods), and the Master of Education (Educational Administration & Planning) from Makerere University, Republic of Uganda. He earned a Bachelor of Education, Doctor of Education (both in Educational Management), and a Certificate in Business Management, all from the University of South Africa. Dr. Kibuuka spent some time in immersion in the French language at the Adventist University of France, and also speaks Luganda and Swahili in addition to English.

He was born in Uganda and has been an educator since 1979. Dr. Kibuuka's experience includes service as secondary science teacher, registrar, college and university lecturer, Director of Education for the SDA Church in Uganda, Division Director of Education for the Eastern Africa Division and since 2003, Director of Education for the East-Central Africa Division. His numerous presentations and publications focus on educational administration, board training, leadership and integration of faith in math/science education. He is a sought-after graduation and seminar speaker. He enjoys reading, travel, sports, and listening to music. He and his wife Rosette have three sons and a daughter.

Mike M. Lekic, PhD, MPH, MDiv,  Associate Director

Liaison for higher education to the East-Centnral Africa Division, Euro-Asia Division, Northern Asia-Pacific Division and Trans-European Division and Executive Secretary for Adventist Accrediting Association

Dr. Mike Mile Lekic holds a diploma in theology from Adventist University of France, Collonges-sous-Salève and a teaching certificate of French as a second language from Alliance Française, Paris, France. He earned an MDiv, M.A. ( Educational and Developmental Psychology), and a PhD in Education from Andrews University, and an MPH in International/Global Health from Loma Linda University.

He has served the Seventh-day Adventist Church as a pastor in Germany, teacher/academy principal /department chairman and president of Haitian Adventist University in Haiti, superintendent of schools in Quebec, Ontario and New Jersey conferences, and Director of Education for the SDA Church in Canada. Prior to the current appointment he was the Southern Asia-Pacific Division Director of Education. Native of the former Yugoslavia (Kosovo), he also holds US and Canadian citizenships. He and his wife Nada have two adult children and two grandchildren. His special interests include educational excellence and quality assurance.

Luis A. Schulz, Ed.D., Associate Director
Liaison for higher education to Euro-Africa Division and South American Division

Dr. Luis Schulz was born in Argentina and graduated with a bachelor's degree in theology from River Plate Adventist University and a second bachelor's degree in History from the Santa Fe Catholic University, both in Argentina. He continued studies in Europe and in the United States where he completed Master of Arts in Education, the Educational Specialist's degree and was granted a doctoral degree in Education from Loma Linda University. His doctoral speciality is in educational administration and leadership.

In his 36 years of Seventh-day Adventist denominational service, Dr. Schulz has taught at the secondary and tertiary levels, served as principal of Uruguay Adventist Institute, as a youth pastor, and as ADRA director for the South American Division (1990-1993). His administrative experience includes vice president for Institutional Relations and Advancement of River Plate Adventist University (1986-1990), and president of that University from (1993-2005). In 2005 was elected General Conference associate director of education, a position to which he was re-elected in 2010. Dr. Schulz is Associate Editor of The Journal of Adventist Education (international editions). From 2005-2010 he served as liaison to the Euro-Africa Division, Euro-Asia Division, Inter-American Division and the South American Division.


John Wesley Taylor, Ph.D.,  Associate Director

Liaison for higher education to Inter-American Division, South Pacific Division, and Northern Asia-Pacific Division.

John Wesley Taylor V has served as teacher and administrator in a number of institutions, including Montemorelos University (Mexico), AIIAS (Philippines), and Andrews University and Southern Adventist University (USA). He has served as an Associate Director of Education since 2010, as well as an editor of College and University Dialogue and chair of the Advisory Board for The Journal of Adventist Education.

Dr. Taylor holds bachelor's degrees in health science and in religion, master's degrees in educational administration and in instructional technology, and doctoral degrees in curriculum and instruction, and in educational psychology and research.

He has made presentations at international conferences, written articles in a variety of professional publications, and served on evaluation teams and at a national research center. Areas of professional interest include the philosophy of Christian education, data-driven decision-making, and strategies for high-level thinking and for nurturing faith. He is married to Miriam Wells, and together they have two children. Dr. Taylor describes himself as “a friend of young people and a partner with teachers.”


Faith-Ann A. McGarrell, Ph.D., Editor, The Journal of Adventist Education
Faith-Ann McGarrell

Faith-Ann A. McGarrell served as a teacher for 17 years. She has taught English and Language Arts (grades 7-12), Basic Writing, and Freshman Composition (college/university). Prior to her appointment to The Journal of Adventist Education, she served as associate professor of teaching, learning, and curriculum, and director of the curriculum and instruction program at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. Her primary responsibilities included teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in teacher education and curriculum and instruction; supervising student teachers; advising graduate students; and, serving on dissertation and thesis committees. She has published papers and chapters in her field, and presented her work at research and professional conferences, nationally and internationally. Her current area of research interest is autobiographical narrative inquiry in curriculum studies, which she pursues as part of a faculty/student research writing collaborative group.

Born in Georgetown, Guyana, South America, she spent her growing up years in Guyana, Trinidad, and Berrien Springs, Michigan. She completed her undergraduate studies at The University of the Southern Caribbean (AA Natural Science; BA English), and her graduate studies at Andrews University (MA English Literature; PhD Curriculum and Instruction). In addition to the classroom, Dr. McGarrell enjoys reading, writing, traveling, and music.

Susana A. Schulz, MA, Managing Editor, Dialogue

Susana Schulz earned in Argentina a Bachelor Degree in Geography (Instituto Nacional del Profesorado Secundario) and a minor in French (Alianza Francesa), as well as a diploma in Education in Primary and Secondary levels (River Plate College). She has a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling and Guidance from Loma Linda University, California, US. Susana also studied at the Adventist University at Collonges-sous-Saleve, in France, and at the Universite de l'Etat de Geneve in Geneva, Switzerland.

She was born in Argentina, and since 1970 has been and educator in Argentina and Uruguay at the secondary and university levels; she she was head dean of the women's dormitory at River Plate Adventist University, as well as the Adventist Colleges Abroad Director, the International Students Department Director, and School of Health Director for admissions. She was the founding director of the Counseling Center at River Plate Adventist University. Susana was also the first Director of Women's Ministries in the South American Division in Brazil. She enjoys lecturing for students, teachers and church members in general. She is married to Dr. Luis A. Schulz and they have three adult daughters and four grandchildren. She enjoys classical music, traveling and visiting art and history museums as well as different cultures and languages. She's bilingual in Spanish and French, speaks Portuguese and English and is studying German.




The following are educational resources provided for the advancement of quality, Christian education on all levels worldwide:
Circle Dialogue Institute for Christian Teaching Adventus: International Educational Publishers Amicus