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NNU to confer honorary degrees at Commencement

May 6, 2015


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NNU will confer honorary degrees on Dr. Stephen Borger and Cynthia Ulrich Tobias during the Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 9.

Borger will be honored with a Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, for his life of servant leadership to the Church of the Nazarene and Christian higher education.

Borger holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Olivet Nazarene University, as well as a Master of Divinity and a Doctorate of Ministry from Nazarene Theological Seminary. Highlights from Borger’s service over the years include the planting of a new church, completing major building programs in Colorado Springs and Nampa, and helping with a church relocation project in Clinton, Illinois.

Borger’s leadership in ministry has spanned over 40 years during which he has served many roles including pastoring in various states and serving as District Superintendent of the Intermountain District. Borger has also served the denomination on the Northwest Nazarene University and Nazarene Theological Seminary Boards of Trustees and Executive Committees. In addition, he has served on the District Superintendent’s Advisory Committee, chaired General Assembly committees and taught as adjunct faculty for both Nazarene Bible College and Northwest Nazarene University.

Tobias will be honored with a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa. Tobias is being recognized for her outstanding contributions in education.

Tobias, founder, manager and CEO of Apple St. (Applied Learning Styles), earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Northwest Nazarene University and holds an. She is a best-selling author and popular speaker with a background that includes over 28 years of private practice, 8 years of teaching high school and 6 years in law enforcement.

Tobias has authored 13 books and is a featured guest on radio and television, a popular presenter for corporations, government agencies, churches and schools throughout the world. Her books, some of which include, “You Can’t Make Me (But I Can Be Persuaded): Strategies for Bringing Out the Best in Your Strong-Willed Child,” “Middle School: The Inside Story,” and “The Way They Learn,” have helped parents, teachers and leaders from all walks of life better understand the importance of learning styles in school, at work and at play.

In addition to her work with Loma Linda Medical School, Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center, the Los Angeles Police Department and Walt Disney, Tobias is active in the community. She has served on the board of two prominent Nazarene churches and is currently on the Advisory Board of the Washington State Patrol & Fish and Wildlife Chaplaincy.

Northwest Nazarene University’s commencement will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at the Ford Idaho Center, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa, Idaho 83687.