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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 7,792 schools, colleges and universities, with 95,739 teachers and 1,864,352 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
Board Chair for the Adventist Accrediting Association and Editor-in-Chief for College and University Dialogue.

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 and the Southern Asia-Pacific Division.

Dr. Hudson Kibuuka was born in the Republic of Uganda and 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 Teaching Methods), and the Master of Education (Educational Administration & Planning) from Makerere University, Republic of Uganda. He also 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 of immersion in the French language at the Adventist University of France, Collonges-sous-Salève, and also speaks Luganda and Swahili in addition to English. He 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 and education. He served as liaison with and advisor of the Education Department of the General Conference from 2010-2015 to the South Africa Indian Ocean Division, Southern Asia Division, Southern Asia Pacific Division. He is a sought-after graduation and seminar speaker with a special interest in equipping students for public campus ministry. 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-Central Africa Division, the Euro-Asia Division, the Inter-European Division, and the Southern Asia 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 in four divisions. He is ordained and worked as a pastor in Germany. Dr. Lekic served as 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. He served as liaison with and advisor of the Education Department of the General Conference from 2010-2015 to the East Central Africa Division, Euro-Asia Division, Middle East and North Africa Union Mission, Northern Asia Pacific Division and Trans-European Division. He is an experienced accreditor, having served on K-12 accreditation work in North America and Southern Asia Pacific and on over 100 accreditation site visits at the tertiary level around the world. His special interests include educational excellence, quality assurance and continuous quality improvement. Native of the former Yugoslavia (Kosovo), he also holds US and Canadian citizenships and speaks English, French, German, Serbo-Croatian and some Spanish. He enjoys music, gardening, and photography. His wife, Nada is a nurse and the couple has two adult children and two grandchildren.


Julian Melgosa, Ph.D., Associate Director
Liaison for higher education to the North American Division, the South American Division, and the Trans-European Division; and Associate Editor, The Journal of Adventist Education (International Editions).

Dr. Julian Melgosa was born in Spain and graduated with a bachelor’s degree with majors in education and psychology from the University of Madrid (Spain). He earned an MA in psychology from the same institution and a PhD in Educational Psychology from Andrews University (USA). Dr. Melgosa is a Chartered Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He is a prolific author in the area of emotional and mental health for professional and semi-popular press publications, including widely spread books such as Less Stress and Positive Mind and Adult Bible Study Guide—Jesus Wept: The Bible and Human Emotions, that was used in every Seventh-day Adventist Church Sabbath School class around the world.

Dr. Melgosa has taught at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels. He has served as Dean of the School of Graduate Studies at the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies (AIIAS) where he also went on to serve as president. Most recently, he served as Dean of the School of Education and Psychology and Professor at Walla Walla University. He has served the Seventh-day Adventist educational system in five divisions: the Inter-European Division (Sagunto Adventist Academy and College), Trans-European Division (Newbold College, UK), Southern Asia Pacific Division (AIIAS, Philippines), North American Division (Andrews University, Walla Walla University, USA) and Inter-American Division (visiting professor at Montemorelos University, Mexico). He has been an accreditor with the Philippine Accrediting Associations of Schools, Colleges and Universities and for the Adventist Accrediting Association.

He was elected General Conference associate director of education in 2015. Dr. Melgosa is Associate Editor of The Journal of Adventist Education (international editions). He is a citizen of Spain and the United States of America. His wife Annette is a librarian and they have two adult children, Claudia, a veterinarian in New Mexico and Eric, a graphic designer in California. Dr. Melgosa enjoys road biking, backpacking and international cooking.


John Wesley Taylor V, Ph.D., Ed.D., Associate Director

Liaison for higher education to the Inter-American Division, the South Pacific Division, the West-Central Africa Division, the Northern Asia-Pacific Division, and the Middle East and North Africa Union; Board Chair for The Journal of Adventist Education; and editor, College and University Dialogue.

John Wesley Taylor V was born in Puerto Rico and has served as teacher and administrator in various institutions, including Montemorelos University (Mexico), the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies (Philippines), and Andrews University and Southern Adventist University (USA). He has taught at the elementary through graduate levels, in a dozen different countries. He holds bachelor’s degrees in health science and in religion, master’s degrees in educational administration and in instructional technology, and doctorates in curriculum and instruction (Andrews University), and in educational psychology—gifted and research (University of Virginia).

Over the years, Dr. Taylor has made presentations at international conferences, written articles in various professional publications, chaired master’s and doctoral theses and dissertations, and served at a national research center and on evaluation and accreditation teams. He is a frequent speaker at youth events, educational seminars and workshops, and graduations. Areas of professional interest include the philosophy of Christian education, data-driven decision-making, quantitative and qualitative research methods, spiritual leadership, and strategies for high-level thinking and for nurturing faith.

Since 2010, Dr. Taylor has served as an Associate Director of Education at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, as well as an editor of College and University Dialogue and chair of the Advisory Board for The Journal of Adventist Education. Special interests include camping, hiking, snorkeling, gardening, music, and the study of people and cultures. He is married to Miriam Wells, and together they have a daughter, Carolyn, and a son, John Wesley. 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, College and University 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 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