Rev. Ira Andrews III '59
Rev. Ira Andrews III ’59 has received the John Wesley Award of the Virginia Annual
Conference Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry. The award was presented
on September 18, 2011, in Ashland’s Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church.
The John Wesley award is presented to a United Methodist who has made a distinguished
contribution to higher education. The award was presented to Andrews by W. Samuel
Sadler, retired vice president for student affairs at College of William and Mary,
and D. Michael Meloy, minister of congregational care at Williamsburg United Methodist
Church. Sadler and Meloy lauded Andrews’ presence in the classroom, his caring demeanor,
the role model he has been as a man who “cherishes the life of the mind as well
as of faith,” his commitment to the spiritual development of young people, and his
service to the Church.
Andrews’ collective experience at Randolph-Macon College spans more than 50 years.
As a student, he was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society and
was a member of Clericus and the Glee Club. After graduating, Andrews earned a master
of divinity degree from Emory University. He returned to R-MC as a professor of
religious studies and was later appointed
to serve as dean of students. He is also an ordained Methodist minister.
In 2002, Andrews received the Francis Asbury Award from the Virginia Annual Conference
Board of Higher Education. The award is presented to someone whose work heightens
awareness of the significance of the Church’s higher education ministry and who
distinguishes himself in promoting and strengthening the Church’s work in higher
education. “In the history of the Virginia Conference, no one has ever received
both of these two awards – until today,” said Sadler before he and Meloy presented
Andrews with the John Wesley award.