Mount Vernon Nazarene University: Life Changing

MVNU Names Next President-Dr. Henry W. Spaulding II

MVNU President Henry SpauldingNovember 2, 2012

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio --The Mount Vernon Nazarene University Board of Trustees today unanimously elected Dr. Henry W. Spaulding II as the 7th president of MVNU. Spaulding, who has been serving as Interim President since July, also served as Provost and Chief Academic Officer under the previous administration.

"Dr. Spaulding's academic experience and credentials speak for themselves," said Rev. Geoff Kunselman, Chair of the MVNU Board of Trustees. "He has served as a professor, dean, and provost at a number of distinguished institutions, and his leadership as Provost and Interim President at MVNU has been marked by significant accomplishment. Perhaps most importantly, he is well-respected by those with whom he works, and he exhibits a keen understanding and appreciation for MVNU's unique mission and culture."

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Spaulding has held a variety of roles and positions during his more than 30 years in higher education, including Professor of Religion at Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Massachusetts; Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee; and Director of the Master of Divinity Program at Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri.

Since arriving at MVNU in 2009, Spaulding has provided instrumental leadership in a broad range of capacities. In 2011, he helped guide the University through a comprehensive General Education revision which was implemented this academic year. He also directed MVNU through the Ohio Board of Regents' 10-year reauthorization process, and spearheaded the effort which led to the achievement of a Level II designation from the Higher Learning Commission for MVNU's online academic programs.

"I am humbled and honored to be elected as the seventh president of Mount Vernon Nazarene University," said Spaulding. "I understand a measure of the trust that has been placed on me. I will, with the help of God, pledge to be a steward of our theological heritage on behalf of the Church of the Nazarene. I look forward to working with the Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, staff and students at MVNU in continuing to lead this great institution."

After completing his undergraduate work at Trevecca, Spaulding received his Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary in 1977, and completed his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree at The Florida State University in 1982. An ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene, Spaulding is a pastor at heart, and has served churches in Kansas, Georgia, and Virginia. He is also the author of several books including We Believe: Engaging the Doctrinal Heritage of the Church of the Nazarene (2011) and a number of articles and academic papers on a wide range of topics. Spaulding's wife, Sharon, also a graduate of Trevecca, is a teacher. They have three grown children.

"Dr. Spaulding has spent his career serving-and shaping-Nazarene higher education," said Kunselman. "I am confident that he will be a visionary leader who will continue to guide Mount Vernon Nazarene University in pursuit of academic excellence within a community of faith and service."

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students and working adults. With a 400-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies sites throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,500 students from 32 states and six countries/U.S. territories.

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