Trevecca Nazarene University is pleased to announce the naming of the Gerald Skinner School of Business and Technology, an action that comes with the approval and endorsement of the Trevecca Board of Trustees, the President's Cabinet, and the dean of the School of Business and Technology.
Since 1970, when Gerald Skinner joined the faculty of the Trevecca Business Program, Dr. Skinner has been an integral part of the University, and this naming honors him for his significant service to and influence on Trevecca. From 1970 to 1987, Skinner served as a professor in that program and as chair of that department. He resigned in 1987 in order to devote more time to his own business ventures, including Compco, the software-solution company he and a partner founded.
When Millard Reed became president of Trevecca in 1991, he asked Skinner to serve as a consultant to Trevecca during the early months of Reed’s presidency. Reed and Skinner had become friends when Reed was the pastor of Nashville’s First Church of the Nazarene, where Skinner attended. At the completion of his role as consultant to Trevecca, Skinner continued to serve as an advisor to President Reed throughout the remainder of Reed’s presidency.
About their association, Millard Reed said, “Gerald Skinner brought to Trevecca extraordinary expertise both in the field of education and in business acumen. Through the years he has been my dear friend, my prayer partner, and a brother in the Lord.”
In addition to serving as a Trevecca professor, department chair, consultant, and advisor, Gerald Skinner has served in other ways—at Trevecca and in his church. He was elected to the Trevecca Board of Trustees in 1997, where he continues to serve. At First Church of the Nazarene, he has served in multiple leadership roles, and he has served on the Tennessee District Church of the Nazarene Advisory Board.
Skinner’s desire to impact the lives of students led him to endow two scholarships for students. The Gerald Skinner Accounting Scholarship provides tuition assistance for accounting students, and the Skinner Family Scholarship supports students preparing for careers in ministry.
Trevecca has previously recognized Skinner’s significant contribution to the school. In 1990, Trevecca awarded him an honorary doctorate. In 1991 Skinner received a President’s Service Award, given in recognition of “special services rendered.” In 1997 the Trevecca Alumni Association awarded him the McClurkan Award; named for the founder of Trevecca, this award is given to “a non-graduating alumnus/alumna or friend of the University who has given distinguished service to his or her career, community, or the University.” In 2005 he was presented the second Lyla T. Mackey Diakonas Award, given in “recognition of a lifetime of extraordinary service to Trevecca Nazarene University and Christian higher education. The University has given that award to only two persons—Lyla T. Mackey, for whom the award was named, and Gerald Skinner.
In making this announcement during Trevecca’s 111th Commencement, on May 5, Dan Boone, Trevecca president, said, “There is great joy among all who have participated in the endorsement of this award. Dr. Skinner is a deeply loved and respected man, esteemed by his friends on the Board and in the University. Honoring him in this way is an appropriate and good thing for Trevecca to do.”
The official naming ceremony will take place during the Trevecca Homecoming, November 3, 2012.
Skinner and his wife, Eileen, have two children—Jeff Skinner and Geri Mashburn.