William J. Prince, MVNU'S Fourth President, Remembered
January 4, 2013
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio -- William J. Prince, fourth president of Mount Vernon Nazarene University, passed away on December 24, 2012. He was 82. Funeral services were Wednesday, January 2, 2013, at Bethany, Oklahoma, First Church of the Nazarene, with interment in Bethany Cemetery.
Prince was elected President of what was at the time Mount Vernon Nazarene College in 1980 and served the institution for a decade before being elected General Superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene in 1989. He served in this capacity until his retirement in 2001, when the 25th General Assembly conferred on him the honor of emeritus status.
Prince led MVNU through a period of tremendous progress throughout the 1980's. During his tenure, MVNU added a Business major and plans were drawn for what is now the Jetter School of Business. Among the other campus development projects during Prince's presidency were the addition of Regents Hall; the establishment of WNZR, MVNU's Christian music radio station; and the construction of the R.R. Hodges Chapel and Fine Arts Building. Additionally, Prince oversaw significant expansion of MVNU's athletic facilities and added an athletic training academic program during his tenure.
"Dr. William Prince was a tremendous leader," said Dr. Henry W. Spaulding II, MVNU President, "and the impact he had on our campus and community continues to influence our mission today. Mount Vernon Nazarene University, the Church of the Nazarene, and the Kingdom of God were each advanced due to his faithful service."
A native of Oklahoma, Prince was a graduate of Southern Nazarene University and received an M.Div. from Nazarene Theological Seminary. A Doctor of Divinity degree was conferred upon him by SNU in 1975.
"William Prince was a gracious leader," said General Superintendent J. K. Warrick. "He will be remembered for his investment in Nazarene youth, and as a college president, preacher, and personal friend to many, he will be missed. I am joined by my colleagues on the Board of General Superintendents in expressing our sorrow and loss. We join his many friends in offering our sympathies and condolences to his son, Shelburne, and family."
Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students and working adults. With a 400-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,500 students from 32 states and six countries/U.S. territories.