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8-14-12 Walla Walla University Names 24th President
John McVay has accepted the invitation from the Walla Walla University (WWU) Board of Trustees to serve once again as president of the university.
McVay, who had resigned from his post as WWU president last winter to return to teaching and research, will begin his successive term on January 1, 2013.
"We are delighted that Dr. John McVay has consented to continue his leadership of Walla Walla University upon the completion of his current study leave and sabbatical " says Max C. Torkelsen II, chairman of WWU's board of trustees. “Dr. McVay enjoys the trust and respect of his colleagues on campus as well as the broader constituency across the Pacific Northwest. He has that rare combination of gifts for scholarship and research, education and experience, and administrative skills which uniquely qualify him to lead our university.”
"I am excited at the prospect of leading the university with the perspective of the past few years,” says McVay, who arrived on campus in 2006. “While I looked forward to working with students and furthering my research work, the prospect of leading the next phase of Walla Walla University’s story is energizing to me.”
McVay says two of his priorities in his second term will include constituent relations and philanthropy. “As we look to the future, Walla Walla University will need many friends and considerable funding. I'm looking forward to making the case that the university is a great investment in the future.” says McVay.
During McVay’s first term in office, he led strategic planning efforts for the university, earning a commendation from accrediting organizations, and instituted long-range budget planning processes. He championed renovations for the university’s School of Social Work and Sociology, School of Nursing (both College Place, Wash. and Portland, Ore. campuses), and Marketing and Enrollment Services offices. In 2011 the university welcomed its largest freshman class in 17 years and yielded the highest freshman-to-sophomore retention rate in university history.
McVay will work with Interim President Steve Rose on critical university matters as they are managed by Rose’s office. Rose is WWU’s vice president for financial administration.
McVay, who is a biblical scholar, is currently working on academic research projects and until January will use the intervening months to make further progress on these projects.
Prior to his service at WWU, McVay was the dean of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich.
He holds a master of divinity degree from Andrews University and a doctorate from the University of Sheffield in England. He is a specialist in the later Pauline Epistles and contributes regularly to professional conferences and publications.