Date: May 18, 2006
The campus of Andrews University mourns at the recent passing of Wes Shultz, former dean of the College of Technology.
Shultz was born on December 3, 1933 in Caldwell, Idaho, where he would grow up on a farm with his two sisters, Carol and Myrna. Shultz was only in third grade when he met the girl that would become his wife, Joan, when she moved into a home just up the road from where he lived.
Shultz graduated from Gem State Academy, in his hometown, and later Walla Walla College in College Place, Wash. with a bachelor of science degree in industrial education. After graduation, Shultz taught woodworking classes at Gem State Academy and helped out with his father?s logging business for a time. When India, where Shultz had been asked to serve as principal of a boarding school, denied the couple visas, the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists offered him instead a job as principal of the Kellogg Mookerjee High School in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), where the family would spend several industrious years.
Upon returning to the United States, Shultz went on to do graduate work, receiving his master of arts in education at Walla Walla College. After graduation, he was invited to serve as principal of Blue Mountain Academy in Hamburg, Penn. During his tenure there, Shultz helped the campus build and improve well-needed facilities, including a gymnasium which would be named in his honor. While keeping up with his busy duties as principal, Shultz again returned to school, earning a doctor of education degree from Lehigh University in 1975. He would serve Blue Mountain for 14 years.
During his time in Hamburg, Shultz began what would be a life-long active Rotary Club membership. He would serve as chapter president in Hamburg and later in Berrien Springs.
In 1978, Shultz and his family moved to Michigan where he would spend the next five years as principal of Cedar Lake Academy (now Great Lakes Adventist Academy), again working toward improving and building facilities. In 1982, Wes would begin his 21-year tenure as dean of the College of Technology at Andrews University. It was during his time as dean that the home of the College of Technology, Harrigan Hall, was constructed. Shultz retired in December 2003 with the title Dean Emeritus of the College of Technology. The Harrigan Hall amphitheater was named in his honor. For his leadership as dean, Shultz was honored with the Johns Nevins Andrews Medallion in May 2004.
Funeral services for Wes Shultz were held on Wednesday, May 17, in Pioneer Memorial Church. Memories were shared by many of his close friends and colleagues. Shultz leaves behind his wife, Joan, and their daughters Kari, Debra, and Julie. His two sons, Kendall and Randy, preceded him in death. In his memory, the family is establishing the M. Wes Shultz Memorial Scholarship Fund. Donations may be made to this fund at the University.