Claflin University President Henry N. Tisdale has been elected vice president and chair of the Division of Higher Education of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church.

The announcement was made following the August meeting of the GBHEM board of directors in Nashville, Tennessee.

The DHE is responsible for representing The United Methodist Church in its relationships with educational institutions and collegiate ministries. As chair and vice president, Tisdale will also serve as a member of the executive committee.

Tisdale was elected to the board of directors of the GBHEM last year. He will remain in his roles with GBHEM committees, which include the Administrative Matter Committee, Racial and Ethnic Concerns Committee, and chair of the Division of Higher Education Committee and Personnel and Policies Committee. Members of the board are appointed for a four-year term, and they can serve a maximum of two consecutive terms.

GBHEM's mission is to "lead and serve The United Methodist Church in the recruitment, preparation, nurture, education and support of Christian leaders -- lay and clergy -- for the work of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world."

GBHEM board members are key leaders who assume responsibility on behalf of the community for the governance and financial oversight of the organization and its various programs. As stewards, they are committed to maintaining the health and viability of GBHEM now and for the future.