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 Jan. 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/sabbatical,” says Max C. Torkelsen II, chairman of WWU’s Board of Trustees. “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.” McVay says two of his priorities in his second term will include constituent relations and philanthropy. He will work with Interim President Steve Rose on critical university matters as they are managed by Rose’s office. Read more from the WWU website HERE.
Walla Walla University (WWU) has named Bob Cushman vice president for academic administration. In his new role, Cushman, currently chair of the WWU Department of Biological Sciences and professor of paleobiology, will be responsible for leadership in all academic programs. He has served at WWU since 2008, coming from Loma Linda University where he was the chair of the Department of Earth and Biological Sciences. Cushman is a 1975 biology graduate of WWU. He holds a doctoral degree in geology from the Colorado School of Mines. He also holds a master’s degree in geology from Loma Linda University. Read more from the WWU website HERE.
In a move intentionally designed to greatly increase its communication via mobile devices and social media, the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) has hired Brent Hardinge as digital media coordinator. Hardinge, who is currently an assistant director with Positive Choices, will take up this role on Sept. 10. With his wealth of experience, he will focus on creating additional digital media opportunities for the GLEANER and local conferences. This new job description replaces the GLEANER managing editor role discontinued in July.