Beryl Brubaker

Beryl Brubaker


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“For over 40 years God has continued to call me to the work of equipping students at Eastern Mennonite University to become part of God’s reconciling work in the world. “To this end we commit ourselves to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God.”"

Dr. Brubaker started her long EMU career in the nursing department, which she chaired for 10 years. Recognized for her administrative ability, she was appointed vice president for enrollment management in 1994 and then provost, EMU’s second-highest post, 2000-2008. She also served briefly as interim president and at one point took on double duties as music department chair (an area that was her first major in college). After that, Brubaker led EMU’s reaccreditation effort with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Currently she serves half-time as director of the Sadie A. Hartzler Library.

In semi-retirement, Brubaker is active in her church, Park View Mennonite, and chairs the board of Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center. Previously she chaired the board of Mennonite Mutual Aid (now Everence).


D.S.N. converted to Ph.D. in 2014 University of Alabama at Birmingham 1984
M.S. University of Pennsylvania 1969
B.S. Case Western Reserve University 1967
Nursing diploma Riverside Hospital School of Nursing 1964


Brubaker, B. (2010). “Musings on 40 years at EMU (1970-2010).” In Beyond the Temple of Learning: Essays Celebrating the Role of Virginia Mennonite Conference in Christian Education. Published on the occasion of the 175th anniversary of Virginia Mennonite Conference (1835-2010).

Miller, R.J., Brubaker, B.H. & Peterson, J.C. Eds. (2005). Viewing new creations with Anabaptist eyes: Ethics of biotechnology. Telford, PA: Cascadia Publishing House.

Brubaker, B. (1996). Self-care in nursing home residents. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 22 (7), 22-30.

Brubaker, B. (1990). A faculty learns how to make self-pacing work. Nursing & Health Care, 11 (2), 74-77.

Miller, R. & Brubaker, B. Eds. (1990). Bioethics at the beginning of life: An Anabaptist perspective. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press.

Brubaker, B. (1988). An attributional analysis of weight outcomes. Nursing Research, 37, 282-287.

Brubaker, B. (1983). Teacher role behaviors in a baccalaureate nursing program. Virginia Nurse, 51, 148-154.

Brubaker, B. (1983). Health promotion: A linguistic analysis. Advances in Nursing Science, 5 (3), 1-14.

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

“Achieving Compliance on Faculty Credentials,” Southern Association of Colleges and Schools annual meeting, December 2010

“Justice and the Liberal Arts at Eastern Mennonite University,” Westmont College Third Annual Conversation on the Liberal Arts, January 2003

Other Presentations

SACS Roundtable Discussion leader, Orlando, December 2006

Harrisonburg-Rockingham County Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership Program Education Session, December 2006

Church, Community and Professional Service

Board member and chair, Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center

Chair, Nominating Committee, Park View Federal Credit Union

Member, Virginia Mennonite Conference Constitution and Bylaws Committee

President/Chair, Harrisonburg Everence Fraternal Chapter

SACS visitor, chair of visiting committee March 2008

Member of SACS annual meeting program committee, 2007-08

Chair of Virginia Mennonite Conference Organizational Review Task Force, 2006

Honors, Awards and Grants

2012 Alumnus of the Year, Belleville Mennonite School

Beryl H. Brubaker Endowed Scholarship for Nursing established by administration at EMU upon retirement in 2008

Appointed Provost Emeritus, June 2008

Anabaptist Health Care Award, 2000 recipient “In recognition of her commitment to increased understanding of how health care can promote faithful communities.” Presented by MMA at Mennonite Health Assembly, Williamsburg, Virginia, March 25, 2000

Along with other staff wrote successful planning, implementation and sustainability Lilly grants on “The Theological Exploration of Vocation,” 2001-2009

Wrote successful Title III grant to build campus network, July 1994

Isabel McIssac Award for doctoral study, 1980

Elected Outstanding Nurse from EMC, District 9, Virginia Nurses’ Association, May, 1974

Hampton-Robb Prize for Academic Achievement at graduation, Case Western Reserve, 1967

Academic Achievement award at graduation, Riverside Hospital School of Nursing, 1964

Valedictorian, Belleville Mennonite School, 1960

Professional Memberships

Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship

Charter member of Nurses’ Educational Foundation, December 1998

Inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International, Pi Mu Chapter, and Phi Delta Kappa

Professional Conferences Attended

Library Assessment Conference, Charlottesville, VA, October 2012

SACS-COC annual meeting, Louisville, KY, December, 2010

Virginia Library Association annual conference, Williamsburg, VA, October 2009

SACS Fourth Annual Small College Initiative Atlanta, GA, April, 2009

Mennonite Assembly, San Jose CA, July 2007

Programs for the Theological Exploration of Vocation, Indianapolis IN, February 8-10, 2007

EMU Service

1970 – present

Chair, Library Task Force 2011-12

Member, Seminary Enrollment Strategies Group, 2009-10