Online Adventist University for Inter-America Launches
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Inter-America officially launched its online educational institution May 7, 2012, in Miami, Florida. A colorful ceremony drew the attendance of top church leaders and educators from the 12 universities in the territory, all dressed in their academic regalia.
The newly inaugurated Herbert Fletcher University (HFU) will offer undergraduate and graduate degrees via the Internet. HFU began offering courses last year, available in English and Spanish, in affiliation with Griggs University andAndrews University. The courses include master’s degrees in church administration and leadership, and online instruction design, and certifications in church administration and leadership, online instructional design, educational technology, and Adventist studies.
During the special ceremony Israel Leito, president of the church in Inter-America, spoke words honoring the late Herbert L. Fletcher, after whom HFU is named. Fletcher was instrumental in leading Adventist education in the Inter-American Division(IAD) territory.
“Herbert Fletcher was the embodiment of what Adventist education is all about,” said Leito. “His influence is still causing many men and women today to live up to the ideals of a true Christian.”
Fletcher’s family members were in attendance, including his widow, Olive; and his son, daughter, and grandchildren.
“The world is better for so many because Herbert Fletcher walked this earth in fear of the Lord and did his best to help humanity,” added Leito.
Herbert Fletcher served the church for more than 44 years as a teacher, district pastor, youth director, and education director. He was also president of what was then known as West Indies College in Jamaica, and later held the position of education director for the IAD for more than 14 years before retiring in 1995. Fletcher passed to his rest in 2009.
Herbert Fletcher University is located in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, and joins Inter-America’s 12 Adventist universities and one junior college throughout the territory. For more about Inter-America’s Herbert Fletcher University, go to www.hf university.org/.
—Libna Stevens, Inter-American Division