The Anderson University campus mourns the recent passing of Linda Cummins, associate dean of students for residence life and commuter advisor. She suffered an extended illness with cancer. In her most recent role, Linda worked with Anderson University resident directors and resident assistants to create living, learning environments in the residence halls to provide opportunities for academic, spiritual, personal and social development.
“Linda was a remarkable woman who poured her life out for our students,” said Dr. James L. Edwards, president of Anderson University. “She was a truly valued and trusted friend of so many. Her compassion and wisdom around issues that marked resident life on this campus was always guided by her unwavering faith in God and her belief in the promise represented in every student’s potential.
“She held deep friendships that brought the best out of us as we were privileged to share in her life,” added Edwards. “She will be remembered with a loving memory of her devotion, her goodness and her years of grateful living among us. We have all been so blessed by her life and we will miss her greatly.”
Linda graduated from Taylor University with a degree in religion and Christian education. She earned a master’s degree in youth ministry from North Park Seminary and student personnel in higher education from Ball State University. Cummins first served in ministry with First Covenant Church in Willmar, Minn. She returned to Indiana in 1978 to serve as area director for Young Life in Muncie.
“Linda loved students so well for so many years here at Anderson University,” said Brent Baker, vice president for student life and dean of students. “In many ways, she was the face of our Department of Student Life. We will miss her smile, laughter, and friendship, as well as good work with residence life.”
Linda began her career at Anderson University in 1983 as a resident director. She has moved through the ranks of the Department of Student Life as the director of student activities, associate director of career services, associate dean of student services and resident life, and finally as associate dean of students for residence life and commuter advisor. Through her work, she has contributed to the growth and development of AU for 23 years. In 2004, Anderson University and the Alumni Council honored Linda with the Distinguished Service Award.
“Linda's passion was to mentor and disciple students,” said Tim Johnson, associate dean of students. “She shared with us recently that her life’s prayer was that her life make a difference to someone else. There are generations of AU students who will attest to the fact that the Lord answered her prayer.”
Linda’s commitment to Anderson University has been evidenced outside her office in the Department of Student Life. In the past, she has served as adviser to L’Amifidel and Camarada. She has worked with Campus Ministries by helping to facilitate reading groups and serving on the Chapel Advisory Committee. She has also participated in Tri-S (Study, Serve and Share).
Linda was an active professional in the Association of Christians in Student Development (ACSD). As a long-time member, Linda attended many annual conferences and in recent years served as a leader for the New Professionals Program.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Linda Cummins Endowed Scholarship Fund at Anderson University or the Linda “Chap” Cummins Endowed Graduate Fellowship at Taylor University.
Visitation: 2-7 p.m. on Sunday, February 11, at Rozelle-Johnson Funeral Home in Anderson. An additional hour of visitation will occur an hour before the funeral at the church.
Funeral: 11 a.m. on Monday, February 12, at East Side Church of God in Anderson. Burial will occur in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, February 13, at 10:30 a.m.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.