Providence Installs New President Dr. David H. Johnson
September 16, 2013 – Providence University College and Theological Seminary entered a new era in its 88 year history by installing Dr. David Johnson as its 14th President. The R. W. Affleck Chapel on the Otterburne campus welcomed guests from the public and private sector of Higher Education as well as local politicians, the Providence Board of Governors, alumni, faculty and staff.
Dr. David Johnson became President of Providence University College and Theological Seminary on July 1, 2013. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota (BS, Economics), Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M., Old Testament), and Trinity International University (Ph.D., Theological Studies). A native of Minnesota, Johnson came to Providence in 1990 to teach New Testament and Greek in the Seminary. In 2000 he was appointed Professor of New Testament. He became the Dean of the Seminary in 2002. In 2007 he was appointed Provost and Executive Vice President for Providence University College and Theological Seminary. This past year he served as Interim President. He is married to Barb and they have three children and five grandchildren.
Among the guests were: Dr. Gordon Smith, President, Ambrose University College & Seminary; Dr. Cheryl Pauls, President, Canadian Mennonite University; Dr. Donald Burke, President, Booth University College; Dr. Terry Hiebert, Acting President, Steinbach Bible College; Cliff Graydon, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Emerson; and Dr. August Konkel, President Emeritus of Providence University College & Seminary.
In his inaugural address, President Smith suggested that an institution’s long-term impact upon society comes by leaders investing time and energy in those aspects of the institution that are vital to a good society and civic endeavor. Dr. Roger Gingerich, Chair of the Providence Board further suggested that the long history of faithful service by the Presidents of Providence University College and Seminary serves as a reminder that this energy and commitment needs to be tempered by mercy, justice, and humility.
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