Allen fills top academic post
Upon learning George Fox had an open provost position, Patrick Allen knew he had found his dream job.
“I saw the announcement in the Chronicle of Higher Education, cut it out, took it to my wife, Lori, and said, ‘Now this is the kind of place I’ve been talking about,’” he says.
Allen, a chief academic officer at three universities over the past two decades, had reason to apply. “In several institutions where I led strategic planning efforts, George Fox was listed as a peer or aspiration institution — the kind of institution we desired to be like if we could,” he says.
The 57-year-old Allen was hired in December, culminating a search that began when Robin Baker vacated the provost position to become president in July 2007. The provost is the chief academic officer of the institution and is responsible for all academic staff and resources.
Allen had been provost at Southern Nazarene University in Oklahoma since 2005, and before that served 10 years as provost and chief academic officer at 4,000-student Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. Other universities at which he has served include Anderson University, Friends University, and MidAmerica Nazarene University.
He earned a doctorate in higher education from the University of Oklahoma, and also holds master’s degrees in management (Southern Nazarene University) and liberal arts (Southern Methodist University). He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Olivet Nazarene University.
“I feel that the provost has the second best job on campus and the president has the third best job — the best job is teaching and shaping students,” he says. “I get my kicks when I can recruit, equip, develop, encourage, challenge, and support the true heroes of the institution.”
Allen has taken more than 25 student groups to Europe; has played guitar in a bluegrass band in San Diego; and speaks in churches, conferences, and retreats on the value of community and Christian higher education.
Allen will begin July 1.
Executive Team Expands
President Robin Baker’s executive team expands to include two newly hired vice presidents
Dale Seipp, executive director of admissions, last month stepped up to oversee admissions, student financial services, and registrar as vice president for enrollment services. Seipp has worked at George Fox for nine years and previously worked in admissions at Linfield College, where he earned undergraduate and graduate degrees. Seipp is currently president of the North American Coalition for Christian Admissions Professionals.
Rob Westervelt, director of brand management at Biola University in La Mirada, Calif., will start as vice president of marketing and communications in May. Westervelt has spent the last 10 years at Biola, where he oversaw advertising, media relations, publications, brand portfolio management, and the university magazine. He earned a master’s degree in philosophy of religion and ethics from Biola’s Talbot School of Theology and a bachelor’s degree from Weber State University in Utah.
The president’s executive team includes the provost, the associate provost, the chief technology officer, the executive director of university relations, and the vice presidents for student life, marketing and communications, external campus operations, enrollment services, advancement, and financial affairs.
Conniry named seminary dean
Former pastor helped develop seminary’s hybrid-learning programs
Chuck Conniry, director of the doctoral programs at George Fox Evangelical Seminary since 1998, has been named vice president and dean of the seminary.
Conniry, a former pastor who also has taught at Bethel Seminary in San Diego, helped pioneer the seminary’s hybrid classes that use both online and in-person interaction. The new format attracts students who live around the world.
“One thing that energizes me is the chance to be one of the architects of the present and future shape of theological education,” Conniry says. “I get the opportunity to work with top-quality faculty and be in dialogue with the influential leaders of the church. I look forward to seeing our students find all that God has called and gifted them to be.”
Conniry has been instrumental developing relationships between the seminary and those associated with the emerging church movement, including Leonard Sweet, Brian McLaren, and Jason Paul Clark.
Conniry earned a doctorate in systematic theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and a master of divinity degree from Bethel Seminary. His areas of expertise include systematic theology, pastoral ministry, modern and postmodern philosophy, American religious history, and New Testament Greek.
Conniry’s appointment comes as he releases his second book, Soaring in the Spirit.
Former dean returns to Kansas as president of Tabor College
Jules Glanzer, dean of George Fox Evangelical Seminary since 2001, has left the university to become president at his alma mater, Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kan.
Under his leadership, the seminary grew 85 percent, to 320 students, and added three programs — a master of arts degree in ministry leadership, a master of arts degree in spiritual formation, and a second doctor of ministry track. The seminary became a pioneer in the use of hybrid courses, which use both online and in-person learning formats. Glanzer also oversaw the successful 10-year accreditation by the Association of Theological Schools and the seminary’s 2003 addition of a Friends Center for the training of Friends (Quaker) leaders.
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