New President for TWU!

Following a unanimous vote, the Trinity Western University Board of Governors is pleased to announce today the naming of Jonathan S. Raymond, PhD, as the third president of Trinity Western University, the Christian liberal arts university in Langley B.C.

Currently the President of William and Catherine Booth College in Winnipeg, Dr. Raymond first came to the College as Vice Chancellor in 1999. Prior to his appointment, he served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs of Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois (1994-1999) and Dean of the Faculty of Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts (1990-1993).

Dr. Raymond served on the faculties of the University of Maryland (1975 -1976), Arizona State University (1976-1980) and the University of Hawaii (1980-1990). He has also been the Dean of Faculty and Chief Academic Officer (AD) at Gordon College in Wenham, MA and the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (CAO) at Greenville College (1994-1999) in Illinois.

Dr. Raymond is a Cross-cultural Social Psychologist. His BA is from Asbury College, and his Masters (1972) and Doctorate (1975) degrees are in the field of Social Psychology from the University of Kentucky. He served as a research scientist fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health (1972-1975). While at the University of Hawaii (1980 - 1990), Dr. Raymond held the post of Director of the International Centre for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research and taught epidemiology in the Graduate School of Public Health. During that time, he was awarded tenure and promoted to full professor. He also received a medal from the royal family of Thailand in 1986 for contributions to the health of the people of Thailand and Asia.

Dr. Raymond has authored over sixty refereed journal articles, book chapters and books. He has been an associate editor of the Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health and a consulting editor of the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. Presently, he is the co-editor of The Salvation Army's journal of theology and ministry, Word & Deed. Dr. Raymond's scholarly interests are in cross-cultural social psychology and Wesleyan theology. The Salvation Army has been his church home and an important avenue of worship and service.

Dr. Raymond's wife, Irene, holds an MA degree and teaches Spanish and Latin American literature, currently at the University of Manitoba. They have two children: a daughter, Micah, a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary, and a son, Aaron, who is completing his BA degree at Greenville College.

While much of his career has been spent in the United States and abroad, Dr. Raymond has deep Canadian roots with family origins in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

In addition to his appointment as president, Dr. Raymond has also been named to the faculty of the Department of Psychology at Trinity Western University.

"We are very pleased to make this announcement," said Dr. Allan Hedberg, Chairman of the Board of Governors. "This is the culmination of a multi-year process that began when Dr. Snider announced his plans to retire. God has richly blessed this University with outstanding leadership throughout its forty years of existence, and we are confident that the appointment of Dr. Raymond will prove another full measure of that blessing."

Dr. Hedberg notes that appointing a leader for TWU with Dr. Raymond's academic credentials, status as a Christian speaker and leader of note, and strong international experience is very important at this time in the University's history. "TWU is emerging not only as a singular leader in Christian liberal arts education in Canada, but increasingly is recognized as an emerging leader in academic and Christian circles around the world. Dr. Raymond will enhance the reputation that has already been established by the strong leadership the University has enjoyed in the past."

Dr. Raymond replaces Dr. Neil Snider who retires on June 30, 2006 after serving the University as president since 1974.

“I see Trinity Western University becoming more and more a world class university with a distinctive place in national and international higher education,” says Dr. Raymond, commenting on his appointment to the presidency. “It will continue to mature as a dynamic, cohesive, academic community unified around a common faith and distinctive Christian world view."

The naming of Dr. Raymond as president is the final step of a multi-year presidential search process that was led by Reg Petersen, former TWU Board member and retired business and non-profit executive. The initial stage of the process included the formation of a Search Committee with broad representation from the University community. All groups within the University community were consulted for potential candidates as well as involved in the review of the draft Presidential Profile which described the ideal candidate.

The Search Committee reviewed all the applications received, conducted extensive reference checks, and interviewed a short list of candidates. They recommended the top candidates to the Selection Committee. The Selection Committee met on March 3 and was unanimous in their recommendation of Dr. Raymond as the presidential candidate for the Board's consideration. Representatives from the Evangelical Free Church of Canada and the Evangelical Free Church of America, as well as senior administrators, faculty, staff and student leaders had the opportunity to meet the candidate, and comments from those meetings were brought to the Board for their consideration prior to the vote. Members of the Selection Committee included Gary Inrig, Hugh Little, Wayne Nygren and Charlene Foster. Allan Hedberg and Bob Burkinshaw were ex officio members. The Selection Committee was chaired by Reg Petersen.

"This was a lengthy, rigorous and prayerful process," commented Petersen. "We were very pleased to have attracted an exceptional pool of qualified candidates which is a credit to the outstanding reputation this institution has earned within Christian higher education circles. Dr. Raymond has demonstrated he can provide the kind of leadership Trinity Western University needs to continue its progress and fulfill its mission of creating godly Christian leaders who will serve in the world effectively."

This announcement begins a transition process which will result in Dr. Raymond fully assuming leadership by July, 2006. The Board of Governors is in the planning process for a series of retirement events to honour the 32 year service of Dr. Snider.

Last Updated: 2007-10-11
Author: Erin Mussolum