Former Andrew College president dies while on vacation in Egypt

Former Andrew College president Kirk Treible died Wednesday while on vacation in Egypt, the Cuthbert institution has announced.

He was 76.

The cause of death wasn’t mentioned in the college’s news release, but Andrew communications and marketing director Sheri Michaels told the Ledger-Enquirer in an email Friday afternoon, “We’ve just learned that it was a cardiac arrest.”

No other details about the circumstances of Treible’s death have been reported.

Treible served as the 164-year-old college’s 19th president from 1988-2002 and as interim president in 2014-15.

No immediate funeral arrangements were announced. A memorial service will be conducted in the spring, the news release says.

“The college community has lost ties to a valuable and respected advocate for all of southwest Georgia,” Andrew College president Linda Buchanan said in the news release. “Kirk has served as my friend and mentor during my presidency, and I will miss him dearly.”

Kirk Treible

During his presidency, the news release says, the college “experienced strong academic, enrollment and financial growth, which resulted in substantial physical plant and programmatic expansion. Further, he led Andrew to reinvigorate its ties with the United Methodist Church and reinforce its service-driven mission.”

Under his leadership, the college developed three major campus facilities (Fort Hall, Hord Field and Jones Chapel) and partially remodeled the Ethel McDonald Castellow Building (Old Main), which was constructed in 1892 and housed the entire college until the mid-20th century.

“His guidance also prepared Andrew for the new millennium with the installation of a campus-wide fiber-optic communication system,” the news release says.

In 1997, Treible helped establish the AndrewServes Servant Leadership Program, founded through a collaborative effort with the Bradley-Turner Foundation of Columbus. While students in the program are trained to be leaders, they provide public service in the community.

During his interim presidency, the college concluded the final year of its federal Title III grant and reaffirmed its accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Treible earned a bachelor of science degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a master of business administration degree from West Virginia University. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from LaGrange College.

Before he came to Andrew, he was vice president for finance at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. In the 12 years since he retired, Treible worked with Hiwassee College in Madisonville, Tenn., and Chowan University in Murfreesboro, N.C., as well as the Foundation for United Methodist Communication and Steering Partners Admission Consulting.

Treible is survived by: his son, Todd, and granddaughter, Chloe, of Germantown, Tenn.; his brother, Bryan, of Pierceton, Ind.; and his former wife, Carol, of Macon.