The Alliance Graduate School of Counseling (AGSC) began as a concept in 1982 with Dr. Craig Ellison’s vision for a master’s level counseling program that had the ability to train future counselors to address the psychospiritual needs of hurting people in the church, on the mission field, in the city, and in the community.
Dr. Ellison was known as a highly gifted, active, and proliﬁc Christian psychologist. In his professional career, Dr. Ellison wore many hats, among them psychology professor, author, clinician, researcher, and radio show host (“Perspectives on Personal Living”).
Dr. Ellison was named Distinguished Professor of Urban Studies and Counseling. He was the first professor in the history of Nyack College/ATS to receive this recognition. Awarding the title of Distinguished Professor was a unanimous decision of the Nyack/ATS president, and Board of Trustees because of Dr. Ellison's consistent excellence in teaching and scholarly work, as well as his service to the institution, to society and to the Church.
Dr. Ellison went to be with the Lord on March 13, 2012. He is remembered with much affection and gratitude for the lasting legacy he established at Nyack College. The work of Dr. Ellison will continue to be honored as generations of students benefit from the Craig Ellison Scholarship Fund. Fundraising is underway to endow this scholarship for awards to eligible AGSC students.