The Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary community is saddened to learn of the passing of President Rexford Boda, who served as the 10th president from 1988 to 1993. We have lost a dear friend.
Many of us worked with Rex during his tenure as President and experienced firsthand his joyful spirit and his complete devotion to Nyack and its mission. Rex truly loved Nyack and its people. If you were connected with Nyack or ATS, it is likely that Rex knew your name, your family, and some of your story. He was interested. He cared. In this way I saw Jesus in him.
The era in which Rex served as president of Nyack and ATS was a time of transition and challenge, but Rex’s leadership was godly, steady, and kind. Nyack’s founder, Dr. A. B. Simpson, had a vision of world outreach. That vision was energized under President Boda. He worked diligently to enhance the diverse student populations, and today Nyack College is seen as a leader among Christian colleges for its diversity.
Still, while working in a context of both challenge and change, Rex always put people first. He contributed directly and importantly to the lives and careers of many who worked at Nyack and ATS. I know this because I am one of those who is better for having known and worked with Rex.
Susan and I extend our sympathies and prayers to Jean, to their children, and to all of Rex’s large and loving family. Of all of Rex’s accomplishments, perhaps the most extraordinary legacy he leaves is that of the family he and Jean built together. Through Rex and Jean Boda’s family, the impact of this life well lived will continue for generations to come.
While we are deeply saddened by his loss, we are profoundly grateful for Rex Boda’s friendship and faithful service to Nyack College and ATS, to The Christian and Missionary Alliance, and to the cause of Christ.
-Dr. Michael G. Scales, President