McVay accepts WWC presidency

John McVay will become the college's 23rd president

By: Kristi Spurgeon

The Walla Walla College Board of Trustees announced yesterday the selection of John K. McVay as the college’s 23rd president. McVay, who has been serving as the dean of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University, in Berrien Springs, Mich., will take office in September.

“We are delighted to accept the invitation to join the Walla Walla College family,” says McVay. “Walla Walla College has a proud heritage and we are honored to join its great story. We look forward to ministering among friends, old and new.”

McVay is a 1980 graduate of Southern Adventist University. He has a master’s degree in divinity from Andrews University and a doctorate from the University of Sheffield in England. McVay, 47, has served as dean of the seminary for the past six years.

Prior to his experience at Andrews University, McVay taught at Pacific Union College in Angwin, Calif. He also pastored in Iowa and Georgia where he led a vigorous program of evangelism and church growth. In addition, McVay has been active in scholarly research, presentation, and publication, authoring or co-authoring numerous articles for publications such as the Journal of Adventist Education, the Adventist Review, and the Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists.

He and his wife, Pam, have a son, Marshall, 18, and a daughter, Macy, 14. McVay will replace current president Jon Dybdahl, who announced his retirement in January after 17 years at WWC. Four of those years were spent as college president.

“We are pleased that John McVay has accepted our invitation to become the 23rd president of Walla Walla College,” says WWC board chair Jere Patzer. “He is recognized around the world as a scholar, theologian, administrator, and committed Adventist Christian. McVay and his wife, Pam, will represent Walla Walla College with distinction on campus as well as to our various constituencies. I am confident that he will continue to build on the legacy of the excellence that Jon Dybdahl has nurtured so masterfully.”

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