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Dr. Mark Quanstrom and Dr. Samuel Mayhugh honored with “O” Awards for 2012

Posted: Nov 05, 2012

Olivet’s Alumni Association honored two outstanding alumni during Homecoming 2012: Dr. Mark Quanstrom ’77 with the Ministerial “O” Award and Dr. Samuel Mayhugh ’61 with the Lay “O” Award. This is the highest honor that the University gives to its alumni.

A 1977 graduate of Olivet, Dr. Mark Quanstrom is a professor of theology and philosophy in Olivet’s School of Theology and Christian Ministry. He also serves as the teaching pastor and preacher at College Church of the Nazarene, University Campus, Bourbonnais.

Before joining Olivet’s faculty in 2005, Dr. Quanstrom was the pastor at the First Church of the Nazarene, Belleville, Ill., for 23 years. During that time, he was also an online instructor for Nazarene Bible College; an adjunct professor for European Nazarene College, teaching in Bulgaria; director of the Illinois District School of Ministry; and served on the Illinois District Advisory Board.

Dr. Quanstrom is also an accomplished author of two books and numerous articles, including A Century of Holiness Theology (2004) and From Grace to Grace (2011).

From 2003 until 2010, he was president of Olivet’s Alumni Association and served on the Board of Trustees. He currently serves on the Chicago Central District Board of Ministerial Studies and ONU’s Community Engagement Committee.

He and his wife, Debi (Lucas) ’78, are the parents of three sons: Lukas ’04, married to Rachel (Studebaker) ’05, who are the parents of their two grandsons, Gabriel and Reuben; Ryan ’07; and Daniel ’09, married to Kayla (Luna).

A 1961 graduate of Olivet, Dr. Samuel Mayhugh is the founder of Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH), Laguna Niguel, Calif., which specializes in behavioral health plan administration, employee assistance programs, psychiatric disability management and work-life services. Today, IBH serves 15,000 employers and more than 3 million people.

As a principal consultant for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Dr. Mayhugh has provided training for employers regarding terrorism, post-violence and threats to high-risk employers. He is also leading a research project on threat assessment and violence prevention, which will include two Olivet students as interns in 2013.

Dr. Mayhugh has served as chair of the Department of Psychology, at both Olivet and Point Loma University, San Diego, Calif. In 2010, he established the Samuel L. Mayhugh Award for Scholarly Excellence to honor members of Olivet’s faculty.

He supports on-field Nazarene missionaries by providing counseling and teaching services, and he developed the counseling center for the Manhattan Church of the Nazarene in New York City. In 2010, he was the commencement speaker for the Hong Kong Institute for Christian Counseling, where he also serves as a consultant.

He has a bachelor’s degree in biological science from Olivet (1961), a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Purdue University (1965) and a doctorate degree in psychological services from Indiana State University (1969). He participated in Harvard Medical School’s initial post-graduate program for managed behavioral health (1984) and also attended Oxford University’s Executive Programme (2008).

Dr. Mayhugh and his wife, Arlene (Middleton) ’59, met at Olivet. They are the parents of two sons, Brian and Todd, and they have two grandsons.


The School that would later be known as "Olivet Nazarene University" was founded with 36 students in a one-room schoolhouse near Georgetown, Ill.