Alumnus Bobby Ladner New Head Football Coach at AU

Congratulations to 2003 alumnus, Bobby Ladner who was named this afternooon as the head football coach at Anderson University in Indiana.

I’m thrilled for Bobby and Anderson, a fellow Christian University and needs a coach who knows the x/o of coaching, but most importantly knows the leadership, ministry, and spiritual impact of coaching.  Bobby is the right guy!

Here is the press release posted a few minutes ago by AU:
Anderson University has announced the hiring of Bobby Ladner to be the new head football coach. Ladner replaces Jeff Judge, who guided the Ravens from 2003-2011. Ladner comes to Anderson University from Concordia University in Selma, Ala., where he served as assistant football coach and recruiting coordinator. Prior to his time at Concordia University, Ladner served as assistant head coach, defensive coordinator, and recruiting coordinator at Olivet Nazarene University. Ladner becomes the 12th football coach in school history.

“We are very excited to bring to the Raven football program a young, talented leader in Coach Bobby Ladner, said Dr. James L. Edwards, president of Anderson University. “At first meeting Bobby impressed us as one who understands and is deeply committed to our values and has the energy, intellect, experience, and vision to lead our program to success. We are very excited to welcome him to Anderson University and to Raven football.”

Read the rest of the story HERE

Congratulation Tramaine Brock

Our alumnus, Tramaine Brock was called into one of the most high pressure arenas in all of athletics yesterday during the NY Giants vs. San Francisco 49ers NFC Championship game.

Tramaine, a 2010 graduate of Belhaven, is a cornerback for the San Francisco 49ers.

He regularly plays on special teams – kickoff and punts.  And sometimes rotates in during the game in coverage where the defense calls for an extra defensive back.

But last night, the starter who plays Tramine’s position, Tarell Brown, was hurt in the 3rd quarter, and Tramine took over the role with the game on the line.

He played exceptionally well, and took over the position like a seasoned pro.

Congratulations Tramaine – BU is proud of you.  Go Blazers!















Giants WR Mario Manningham catches a TD pass over 49ers DB and former Belhaven star Tramaine Brock. – US Presswire

Stuart Irby

Belhaven University, and all of us who knew him personally, lost a great friend this week.

Stuart Irby served on our Board of Trustees for 20 years, including 7 years as Chairman.  He was just coming in as Chairman when I came to Belhaven as president, and so we enjoyed many times of dreaming together about what God might do through this school.

I treasure the years I worked with Stuart as the Chairman of our Board of Trustees – I often miss the vibrancy of those discussions we had before his car accident.  He was gifted with the ability to insightfully breakdown a problem to its core, and out of that challenge, envision a future that always desired to capture God’s best for us.

The bookends of his life were quality and service, and he could never imagine one without the other because they were the unshakable values that Christ modeled for us. Stuart’s sharp mind and his passionate heart blended together to create his incredibly generous spirit, from which thousands of Belhaven University students lives have been transformed.

Below is the obituary and information about the arrangements.

Please be praying in focused ways for the Irby family.  God gives us grace and strength to meet every challenge, but this tragic loss of Stuart, on top of so much that has happened since the accident, is a heavy weight to carry.

My prayer for them would be our verse of the year from the first year Stuart served as our board chairman in 1996, “May the God of peace equip you with everything good for doing His will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him.” – Hebrews 13:20-21


Stuart M. Irby, Sr. died Tuesday, January 17, 2012 in Jackson. Mr. Irby was 58 years old and a lifelong resident of Jackson. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Stuart C. Irby, Jr. and the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Stuart C. Irby, Sr. and the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A Lyons, all of Jackson. He is survived by his son, Stuart M. Irby, Jr. (Elizabeth) of Little Rock, AR; Miss Natalie Irby of Los Angeles, CA and Master Graham R. Irby of Jackson. Mr. Irby is also survived by his grandson, Master Jacob W. Irby of Little Rock, AR. Mr. Irby is also survived by his sister, Miss Margaret M. Irby of New York City; brothers, Charles L. Irby, Sr. (Kate) of Nashville, TN; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Irby (Diane) of Little Rock, AR and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Irby (Rachael) of Tryon, NC. His other survivors are Charles L. Irby, Jr. of Berkley, CA; Andrew A. Irby of Ashland, OR.; Joseph A. Irby, Jr., John Irby, Joshua Irby, Josiah Irby, Joel Irby, Lori Irby, Thomas M. Milam, Elizabeth B. Schaffenburg, Paul Brewer, Chet Brewer and Lyons Brewer.

The Irby family will recieve friends tonight at Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home, 350 High Street, Jackson, MS 39202, fron 4:00 PM until 8:00PM.

A private family graveside service will be held at an undisclosed time over the weekend.

The family prefers memorials, in lieu of flowers, to be made to Belhaven University, 1500 Peachtree Street, Jackson, MS 39202

An online guestbook may be signed at

Shoebird Cafe Now Open 7:30 am – 11:00 pm

After an extended evaluation of food service enhancements that might best serve our students, we are launching some new initiatives for the spring semester.  You’ll see some exciting updates being put in place to best serve both our resident and commuter students in Dining Commons.  These may include additional menu items and serving flow in the Dining Commons, but the most immediate change will be the opening of the Shoebird Café for students, employees, and guests.

We examined lots of possibilities for how to best utilize the Shoebird Café, and determined that our highest priorities were (1) affordability, (2) variety, (3) quality, and (4) full-day and evening service.  The feedback from students was extremely helpful in considering all the options.  The possibility of using the space for a Papa Johns Pizza only met one of these first three criteria, and would have severely limited access in the Student Center.  However, an even better opportunity began to take shape.

Beginning Monday, January 9th the Shoebird Café will reopen.  We will be serving from 7:30 am through 11:00 pm Monday through Thursday and 7:30 am to 3:30 pm on Fridays.  The menu will include pizza, assorted desserts, coffee beverages and morning snacks.  There will be both good product variety and well-priced options.  Fresh frozen yogurt will be added later in the semester.  There are plenty of comfortable seating areas available for use in studying, taking breaks, and spending time with friends.

To keep the Student Center as open as possible, those wanting to take their Dining Commons food and eat at the high-top table areas at the Shoebird may continue to do so by simply leaving their ID card with the staff at the check in stand, then retrieving it when they reenter the Dinning Commons to return their tray.  As always, those coming into the Dining Commons area will need to be included on the resident meal plan or purchase a meal.

One of the best qualities of campus life at Belhaven is the friendly community atmosphere and it’s exciting to have these new options to enjoy!