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Longtime Evangel spokesperson to retire

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Evangel University's director of public relations is retiring after 33 years with the institution.

Paul Logsdon, 65, is slated to exit his role at the end of this month, according to a news release. On the job since January 1988, he's served as spokesperson of the university for more than half of its existence.

“For over three decades, Paul has masterfully communicated events and highlights of Evangel University,” said Michael Kolstad, vice president for university advancement, in the release. “As the official spokesperson for the university, he thoughtfully interacted with media throughout our region and, at times, the country."

Logsdon is credited for his efforts to help raise more than $60 million used in the 1997-2009 construction of nine buildings. He's served as adviser to two presidents – Robert Spence and Carol Taylor – and three university advancement vice presidents, and he's been an adjunct professor in the Evangel Business Department.

His retirement follows that of Taylor, who exited late last month. George Wood, former general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, is serving as interim president of Evangel.

“I felt like this was the right time to retire,” Logsdon said in the release. “With Dr. Taylor’s recent retirement and a presidential transition, it felt natural.”

Erin Hedlun, content specialist for Evangel, said she's slated to succeed Logsdon in January. She said Logsdon is open to new opportunities after his retirement from the university.


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