John R. Loor, Jr. to NPUC Executive Secretary from Montana Conference President. John Loor Jr. was elected as the new North Pacific Union Conference executive secretary by the NPUC executive committee during its meeting Aug. 25, in Ridgefield, Wash. Loor, who has served as Montana Conference president since 2000, has accepted and will succeed Bryce Pascoe who retired on Aug. 1. Loor expects to assume these new responsibilities in October. Loor brings a variety of experience to his new role at the union conference. Along with a Master of Divinity degree, he holds an additional degree in business administration with an emphasis in management. He and his wife, Susan, have two children: Cindy, who is married and lives in Loma Linda, Calif., and Rob, currently a student at Walla Walla University. Susan will fulfill her teaching role this school year at Mt. Ellis Adventist Elementary School before joining her husband fulltime this summer. “John is a spiritual leader of unquestioned loyalty to God’s Word and the mission of our church,” says Max Torkelsen, NPUC president. “He’ll be a valuable addition to our leadership team.”
Larry D. Dodds to Retirement from Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Adventist Health. At Adventist Health corporate board meetings held this week in Roseville, Calif., Larry D. Dodds announced he would retire from his role as executive vice president and chief operating officer (COO) of Adventist Health effective May 2011, ending his nearly 40-year career with the health system. He has worked extensively within the Northwest. In 1979, he became the associate administrator at Walla Walla General Hospital in southeastern Washington and shortly thereafter accepted the position of senior vice president at Adventist Medical Center in Portland, Ore. In 1983, Dodds was promoted to president and CEO of the facility, serving in that role for 15 years until relocating to the corporate office to assume the role of senior vice president in1998. In 2007 he was appointed executive vice president/COO of the health system. Dodds and his wife, Jane, have two adult children and four grandchildren. Upon retirement, they intend to relocate to the Northwest.