Most Tenured Professor Retires After 29 Years of Service

EUGENE, Ore. – Bushnell University bids farewell to Dr. Mick Bollenbaugh its most tenured full-time employee, as he retires after 29-plus years of service to the university. 

Dr. Bollenbaugh’s contributions to Bushnell University were enormous. As Professor of Philosophy and Biblical Studies, he impacted the lives of countless students, inspiring them to reach their full potential and become leaders in their fields. He taught multiple student populations, including traditional undergraduates, online and evening students, and graduate students, leaving a lasting impression on each of them. 

Dr. Reed Mueller, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Bushnell University, spoke of Dr. Bollenbaugh’s impact on the university, saying, “Dr. Bollenbaugh exemplifies the scholarly vocation here at Bushnell. Across his substantial career, he has served students, colleagues, and the university well across countless duties, committees, and taskforce efforts. Further, his engagement in his discipline is substantial and will have a lasting impact in the work of scholars in the future. Finally, his dedication and excellence as a teacher are palpable, making lifelong impacts extending from the classroom and, through the students he impacted, to their communities.” 

In addition to his teaching duties, Dr. Bollenbaugh was actively involved in various academic committees and programs at Bushnell University. His expertise in the field of education was highly valued by his colleagues and contributed significantly to the development of various educational programs at the university. 

Reflecting on his time at Bushnell University, Dr. Bollenbaugh expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to teach and inspire so many students over the years, saying, “My nearly three decades at Bushnell University confirms Joseph Joubert’s insight that those who teach, learn twice.  At Bushnell, I have learned to be a learner for the entirety of my life.  This has been a soul-sculpting experience certainly for me and I hope for my students.  I am eternally grateful to my colleagues who have become friends and helped improve my work as an educator.” 

Dr. Bollenbaugh’s retirement marks the end of an era at Bushnell University, but his impact will continue to be felt for years to come. The university thanks him for his many years of dedicated service and wishes him all the best in his future endeavors. His commitment to excellence in education has left an indelible mark on the university and will be celebrated for many years to come. 

About Bushnell University  

Founded in 1895 Bushnell University helps students discover and answer God’s call on their lives. Devoted to offering a Christ-centered environment, Bushnell encourages students to grow in wisdom, informed by faith, and leading to lives of service. Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the University was founded by pastor-educator Eugene C. Sanderson and pioneer businessman and church leader James A. Bushnell.  

Bushnell is the largest private university in Eugene’s vibrant University District. The University offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees for undergraduate and graduate studies through course formats on campus, online, and hybrid formats. More information about the University is available at 

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