Bev and George are pictured at left with others who received the 2017 Distinguished Alumni awards, Graham Watt (center), and Dr. Lorne Rabuka with his wife, Doris.
TeachBeyond President George Durance has been honored with the Prairie Bible College Distinguished Alumni award. George graduated from Prairie Bible College in 1973 and continued on to earn degrees in biblical studies, history and education. His PhD is from the University of Durham, UK.
He taught high school social studies in Calgary, Alberta, before moving to Germany to teach at Black Forest Academy. As principal and later, director, he led BFA through a major expansion of their facilities.
George returned to Canada in 1997 to become the president of Ambrose University College. During his 12-year tenure, he not only helped reposition the school as a liberal arts university, but also relocated it to another province and built a new campus. His distinguished service earned him the honorary title of Ambrose President Emeritus. In addition to this honor, Toccoa Falls College in Georgia previously presented him with the Distinguished Contribution to Higher Education award, and he was awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005 in recognition of his leadership and contributions to the educational community.
As president of TeachBeyond, he has helped cast a new vision and has seen the work grow significantly.
A former member of Prairie’s Board of Directors, George is married to Beverley and they have three married children and ten grandchildren.