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ACU to honor Rick Marrs with alumni citation

April 26, 2006

Rick Marrs, associate dean of Seaver College and Blanche E. Seaver professor of religion at Pepperdine University, has been named a recipient of Abilene Christian University's Distinguished Alumni Citation and will be honored at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Conejo Valley Church of Christ in Thousand Oaks, Calif. A reception will immediately follow.

Marrs received both his bachelor's degree in 1973 and master of divinity in 1976 from ACU. In 1982, he earned his doctorate in philosophy at The Johns Hopkins University.

He has been teaching at Peppederdine University since 1987 where he teaches undergraduate and graduate Old Testament courses and previously served as religion chair for seven years. From 1984 to 1987, he taught Greek, as well as other courses, at the Austin Graduate School of Theology, formerly the Institute for Christian Studies.

Marrs has written numerous articles and several books including Worship and the Hebrew Bible and a collection titled Essays in Honor of John T. Willis. He attributes his decision to pursue the Old Testament as a field of study and teaching to John T. Willis, professor of Old Testament at ACU and Burton Coffman Chair of Biblical Studies.

"ACU continues to have a huge impact on my life," Marrs said. He also said the reason for this impact is "all the friendships I’ve made and all the connections I have there."

He and his wife Paula have two children: Staci and Jeremy.

ACU's Distinguished Alumni Citation recognizes distinctive personal or professional achievement that has merited the honor and praise of peers and colleagues. Traditionally, four honorees are chosen each year, but this year, 12 have been chosen as part of ACU's Centennial Celebration.

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