This year, the Board has acted to confer the Biblical Higher Education Award upon Dr. Milton B. Fields, a most deserving and accomplished educator who has devoted decades to serving the Lord in biblical higher education through ABHE.
After nearly two decades of service as a teacher and administrator in Alabama and Mississippi public schools, Milton Fields was called in 1994 to serve at his alma mater, Welch College (formerly Free Will Baptist Bible College). Over his 20+ year tenure at Welch College, Milton served in a variety of educational leadership roles, including Teacher Education Department Chair, Academic Dean, Vice-President for Institutional Planning, Acting Registrar, and Consultant/Advisor to the President and Cabinet. Throughout his career and presently in his retirement, Milton has served as a consultant to many Christian schools and colleges and their leaders.
Milton’s long service to ABHE’s Commission on Accreditation includes service as a team evaluator, evaluation team chair, team trainer, Commission member, COA Appeal Board member, and Commission staff representative/consultant. He is admired and beloved for his gentleness, infectious humor, and folksy Southern charm by the many ABHE staff and members who have worked with him over the years. In these and so many other ways, Milton exemplifies every aspect of the Biblical Higher Education Award and richly deserves the gratitude and esteem we seek to bestow upon him through this grateful recognition.
Each year at the Annual Meeting, the Association for Biblical Higher Education recognizes an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in advancing and assuring quality biblical higher education.