Dennis Carlson Announces Retirement

Vice President for Advancement for Four Years

By: Lisa Krueger

Dennis Carlson, vice president of advancement, retires after 40 years of service with the church and the university.

After four years at Walla Walla University, Dennis Carlson, vice president for advancement, will be retiring in January 2012. “It has been my honor and privilege to work with the Advancement team to further the goals of WWU,” says Carlson.



Carlson has led WWU’s Advancement team since April 2008. During his tenure, his department has helped to secure funding for a number of significant projects, including the Portland’s nursing campus expansion, the “Jesus Among Us” sculpture and plaza, and upgraded equipment for the aviation program. Additionally, Dr. Carlson has overseen the reorganization of the university’s policies and procedures for philanthropy (which were recently approved by the Board of Trustees).



In addition to his years of service at the university, Carlson has served as a pastor and leader in the Seventh-day Adventist Church for the past 35-plus years. He was a pastor in Ohio and here in Washington from 1970-1984. He was a departmental director and the secretary of the Washington Conference from 1984-1994, after which he took the same role in the Upper Columbia Conference for two years. From 1996-2000 he was the president of the Minnesota Conference. He was the assistant to the president of the North American Division for Administration before his election as president of the Mid-America Union Conference, where he served from 2002 until he joined our WWU team in 2008.



“We have been blessed by Carlson’s steady and able leadership of our Advancement operation these past four years,” says John McVay, WWU president.

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