DBU is pleased to announce the naming of its first residential college in honor Dr. Herb and Barbara Pedersen. Their generous gift has helped to complete Phase 1 of the Transform Campaign and allowed the University to move forward with its vision of creating a unique residential training ground for students to explore how servant leadership impacts their future vocations.
"The Pedersens are the quintessential examples of servant leaders," said Dr. Adam C. Wright, DBU President, "and it is so fitting to know that students who will live in the Pedersen Residential College will be able to carry the Pedersens' legacy of servant leadership into the world for generations to come."
The Pedersens are long-time friends of the University. Dr. Pedersen, who has served in the ministry for nearly 60 years, has also been involved in the construction business, as well as serving as a DBU Trustee and adjunct professor in the Cook School of Leadership. Mrs. Pedersen taught in local school districts for three decades prior to her retirement. She currently serves as an adjunct professor at DBU. Both have received honorary doctorates from DBU. Dr. Pedersen in 1993 and Mrs. Pedersen in 2016.
The Pedersens have been married for more than 50 years and have three adult daughters, Rhonda, Angela, and Elizabeth, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.