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|Christon Arthur, new provost-elect of Andrews University
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On May 11, the Andrews University Board of Trustees elected Christon Arthur to serve as the next provost of Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. Arthur replaces Andrea Luxton, who was elected earlier this year to serve as the next president of Andrews University.
Prior to becoming provost-elect, Arthur has served as dean of the Andrews University School of Graduate Studies & Research since 2010. In addition to that role, he has also served as associate provost, with responsibilities for faculty policy and faculty development, since 2012.
“I am honored to have this opportunity to continue to build on Andrews University’s legacy,” says Arthur. “I see the role of the provost as giving one’s best advice to the president, and providing academic leadership to help ensure that academic programs and processes are known for their excellence and academic rigor. That excellence and rigor needs to be carried out in every dimension of our university.
“I also look forward to understanding and building on the strength of our ethnic, cultural and global diversity — which is a work in progress offering unparalleled opportunities for our students to understand and thrive in the diverse and changing environment of the world," Arthur adds. "And I believe that it’s always been true that excellent Adventist Christian education is redemptive. As a result, what Andrews offers is the most effective methodology for redeeming and transforming each student for God’s kingdom.”
Prior to coming to Andrews University, Arthur served as an associate dean and associate professor within the College of Education at Tennessee State University (Nashville), and also as an acting and interim department head of education administration there. In addition, Arthur has worked as an elementary and secondary teacher, and as department head of arts and general studies in Grenada. He holds a bachelor’s degree in theology from Caribbean University College (now University of the Southern Caribbean, Trinidad & Tobago), and MA, EdS and PhD degrees in education from Andrews University, and has completed postgraduate training at Harvard University’s Institute for Management and Leadership in Education.
The selection of Arthur was guided by the work of an internal provost search committee, chaired by Andrea Luxton, president-elect. The committee was made up of Board of Trustees, faculty, staff and student representatives, and began meeting in March 2016. Following a review of applicants, the committee selected three accomplished finalists, including two candidates who are currently part of the Andrews community, and one off-campus candidate who had previously been an Andrews faculty member.
Those finalists met and were interviewed by a variety of campus faculty and staff groups, with recommendations made to the search committee, which made its choice and recommendation to the Andrews University Board of Trustees. The board formally confirmed the selection of Arthur as provost-elect in a telephone conference call on May 11, and electronically mailed ratification votes of their decision over the next 24 hours.
“As our search committee reviewed the potential candidates for provost, some of the most used descriptors for Christon Arthur referred to his spiritual leadership, vision, collaborative teamwork and his focus on student success and mentoring,” says Luxton. “Under Arthur’s leadership the graduate culture at Andrews has been transformed and he has also introduced a range of initiatives for faculty and students that have been both innovative and forward-thinking and have helped move Andrews University toward a future of strength and success. ... I look forward to the strength, passion and vision he’ll bring as the next provost of Andrews University.”
Arthur will assume the post of provost on July 1, 2016, when Luxton begins her term as the sixth president of Andrews University. The formal plan to replace the dean of the School of Graduate Studies & Research will be announced at a later date.