Dr. William J. ‘Bill’ Teague was admitted to Hendrick Medical Center for a hematoma in his leg early last week, according to an e-mail received by the president’s office from University Church of Christ.
Teague, who served as chancellor of the university for 16 years, president of the university for 10 years and executive assistant to the president for five years, was released this weekend after nearly a week in the hospital, said Tevyan Condra, executive secretary in the president’s office.
According to WebMD, a hematoma, caused by a break in the wall of a blood vessel, is a collection of blood outside the blood vessels and may appear as a discolored spot similar to a bruise.
Teague, who retired in 2007, suffered a stroke several years ago, which limited his mobility and made it difficult for him to speak. The fact he has experienced a stroke increased the severity of the hematoma, said Jan Hailey, staff member at the University Church of Christ.
“It’s one of the hardest things to control when you’ve got someone who has already had a stroke,” Hailey said. “It can be really troublesome, but they got it taken care of.”
In addition to his position as former president of the university, Teague was awarded the ACU Alumni Citation award in 1974; he held positions as vice president for development at Harding University and vice president at Pepperdine University and was selected as Christian Educator of the Year by the 20th Century Christian Foundation in 1985, in addition to numerous civic and professional activities.
Hailey said Teague and his wife, Peggy, are dedicated supporters of the university and recalls seeing the two at Opening Chapel.
“His involvement is limited now, but he still loves the university as much as he ever did,” she said.