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2-15-16 Southern Adventist University Selects New President

by Lucas Patterson



On February 10, Southern Adventist University’s Board of Trustees unanimously voted to formally invite David C. Smith, PhD, to serve as the school’s 26th president. After much prayer, Smith has accepted the position.

"I am honored to follow Gordon Bietz who has provided Southern with 19 years of distinguished leadership,” Smith said. “I look forward to partnering with God and all who are associated with Southern to see how He will make a special school even more special.”

Smith is no stranger to campus, having worked as professor and chair in Southern’s English Department during a 17 year period in the ’80s and ’90s. He left in 1998 to become president of Union College in Nebraska where he served for 13 years before returning to Collegedale in 2011 as senior pastor for Southern’s campus church.
Though an exact start date has yet to be determined, Smith looks forward to working alongside President Bietz in the months leading up to his retirement.



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