E. Claude Gardner

Born January 16, 1925; Greene County, Marmaduke, Arkansas. Married Delorese Tatum on June 17, 1945; four children and six grandchildren.

Junior college diploma, Freed-Hardeman University; B.S. from Abilene Christian University; M.A. from Southwest Texas State University; additional graduate study, George Peabody College; five honorary doctorates.

Began preaching at age 15; served as minister for congregations in Texas, Illinois, Tennessee and Alabama. Preached in almost 300 gospel meetings. Preached in Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Germany, England, Scotland, and Russia. Approximately 350 articles written for the Gospel Advocate and contributor to several gospel papers. Edited Brigance's Sermons and Van Dyke's Sermons.

Served Freed-Hardeman University, Henderson, Tennessee from 1949-1992. During these 43 years served as teacher, department chairman, registrar, dean of the college, vice-president, president (for 20 1/2 years), chancellor and member of the Board of Trustees. President emeritus of Freed-Hardeman University.

Chancellor of Georgia Christian School, Valdosta, Georgia, 1993 - present.
Member of Steering Committee on the Education Commission of the States, 1992-94.