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Gilliam Retires After 41 Years as Adventist Educator

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Burleson, Texas » Randy Gilliam, who has served as the Vice President for Education at the Southwestern Union since 2012, retired on July 31, 2017, after spending 41 years in Adventist education as a teacher, principal, and administrator.

“Randy has been an enthusiastic champion for Adventist education for more than 40 years. His life’s work has made an impact on thousands of people throughout his career, and I am grateful for the dedication and leadership he has shown,” says Larry Moore, Southwestern Union President.

Gilliam spent his first year as an educator for an Oklahoma Conference elementary school, where he later became principal in 1981. He left the Oklahoma Conference to become a teacher at Burton Adventist Academy in the Texas Conference in 1985. He worked at Burton as a teacher until 1992, when he became the school’s principal. He served in that role until 1998 when he joined the staff of Southwestern Adventist University as an assistant professor, becoming the Chair of the Education Department in 2002. In 2012 Gilliam was called to be the Union Education Director (now Vice President of Education) for the Southwestern Union.

Randy and his wife, Dana, currently live in Burleson, Texas, and have three sons, one of whom is also an Adventist educator, and three grandchildren.

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