Dr. James H. Salley,
Associate Vice-Chancellor for Institutional Advancement for Africa University, will preach for the opening worship of the 2017 Annual Conference Session (ACS) on Wednesday morning, June 21. The ACS offering will benefit Africa University
as the school celebrates its 25th
anniversary this year. The celebratory offering will take place during opening worship. Clergy and laity from churches across the California-Nevada Conference are encouraged to bring, and present their offering during this time.
With an enrollment of more than 1,500 full-time students and 800 part-time students, Africa University, located in Old Mutare, Zimbabwe, today has more than 7,264 graduates from 32 African countries. More than half of the students (53 percent) are female — more than double other universities throughout Africa. The university offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in agriculture and natural resources, education, health sciences, humanities and social sciences, management and administration, peace leadership and governance and theology.
Today Africa University boasts 7,264 alumni many of whom have gone on to serve in their countries in significant leadership positions. Countless people in the worldwide connection have supported the university with their prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness. Over the years, United Methodists have provided financial support through the Africa University Fund apportionment and World Service Special Gifts, bearing testimony to the high regard for AU within the connection.
Salley has been in ministry with Africa University since its inception. He has helped individual and corporate donors, local churches, annual conferences, and general agencies of the United Methodist Church connection and beyond understand the mission and needs of the "School of Dreams." He serves as the chief advancement officer and fund raiser for the institution; he is in charge of the University’s institutional advancement program; and he is responsible for interpreting the programs of the University to local churches, organizations, and agencies throughout the United Methodist connection and beyond.