November 13, 2006


Monday, Nov. 13, 2006 marked the inauguration of Walla Walla College's 23rd president - Dr. John McVay.
Inaugural festivities included remarks from former WWC presidents, a formal reception, musical performances, as well as the inaugural ceremony. The many guests, including faculty, staff, students, academic delegates, alumni, and legislators reflected WWC's long history while representing WWC's bold vision for the future.

 Read the President's Inauguration Address.


Inauguration Ceremony
11 a.m., Walla Walla College Church
President McVay will be officially installed as the college's 23rd president during this ceremony, which includes remarks from past presidents and representatives from the State of Washington and other universities in the state.

Campus Reception
1-3 p.m., Fine Arts Center Lobby
A campus reception provides an opportunity for faculty, staff, students, and members of the community to formally meet President McVay, and welcome him to Walla Walla College.



PROCESSIONALSolemn Procession - Lloyd Webber
Kraig Scott, Organ
WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONSGinger Ketting-Weller, Vice President for Academic Administration
GREETINGSSheila Collins, Governor's Eastern Washington Liaison Officer
On behalf of Washington State Governor Chris Gregoire
 George Bridges, President, Whitman College
On behalf of Independent Colleges
 Gerald Kovalski, Vice President for Education, North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists
On behalf of Seventh-day Adventist education
 Bryan Brashear, President, Associated Students of Walla Walla College
On behalf of WWC students
 Dave Warkentin, President/CEO,
Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce

On behalf of the Walla Walla Valley
MUSICAL SELECTIONGod of Our Fathers - arr. Claude T. Smith
WWC Brass Ensemble, Brandon Beck director
SCRIPTUREN. Clifford Sorensen, former WWC president
INSTALLATIONJere D. Patzer, WWC board chair
PRESENTATION OF WWC SEALJere D. Patzer, WWC board chair
About the Seal
DEDICATION PRAYERNiels Erik-Andreason, former WWC president
MUSICAL SELECTIONPsalm 148 - Gustav Holst
WWC Concert Choir, String Orchestra, and Organ
John Dennison director, Kraig Scott, organ
INTRODUCTION OF PRESIDENTJon L. Dybdahl, former WWC president
BENEDICTIONH.J. Bergman, former WWC president
RECESSIONALPrelude and Fuge in B Major, by Marcel Dupre
Kraig Scott, Organ

The seal was designed in 1912 by Walla Walla College President Ernest Kellogg. It depicts the three phases of education as parts of an equilateral triangle; the mental, represented by a lamp; the physical, depicted by a plow; denoting the importance of manual labor; and the spiritual, pictured by an open Bible. The stained glass representation of the seal, which will be presented during the ceremony, is a historical artifact. In the early 1900s, the window was displayed over the main entrance of the Administration Building, where students and faculty passing through the building's doors could be reminded of Walla Walla College's mission.

Meet John McVay

John K. McVay will be inaugurated as Walla Walla College’s 23rd president on Monday, Nov. 13. McVay assumed WWC’s presidency on the first of September, succeeding Jon Dybdahl, who had served for the past four years.

Prior to his arrival at WWC, McVay was a professor of New Testament and associate dean at Andrews University, in Berrien Springs, Mich., from 1998 to 2000, and as dean of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary from 2000 to 2006. He also taught for 13 years at Pacific Union College, in Angwin, Calif., and was senior pastor of the PUC Church.

Born in Corvallis, Ore., to a pastoral family, McVay felt the call to pastoral ministry early in life and followed in the footsteps of his father, Ken, who served for many years as a pastor and hospital chaplain. While still in college, McVay spent time as a youth pastor in Des Moines, Iowa. He began his pastoral ministry in the Georgia-Cumberland Conference where he led a vigorous program of evangelism and church growth.

McVay, 48, is a graduate of Georgia-Cumberland Academy, Southern Adventist University, Andrews University, and England’s Sheffield University, where he earned a doctoral degree in New Testament studies in 1995. His dissertation focused on the theme of the church in the Epistle to the Ephesians. 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.

McVay’s wife, Pam Aalborg McVay, works as an obstetrics nurse. The couple has two children, Marshall, 18, and Macy, 14.