IWU Announces Next President

Dr. David W. Wright

Today, the Indiana Wesleyan University Board of Trustees elected Dr. David W. Wright as the ninth president in the institution's 93-year history.

In making the announcement, IWU Board Chair Carl Shepherd remarked, "Dr. Wright is both deeply rooted in the Wesleyan tradition and far-reaching in his vision as an educational entrepreneur. We look forward to his blending these strengths to help us navigate the rapidly changing nature of American higher education."

During his immediate past service as IWU's first Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Wright helped develop Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University, the School of Nursing, the School of Health Sciences initiative, the Ron Blue Institute for Financial Planning and the National Conversations: A Series of Dialogues About Society's Well Being.

Earlier in his career at IWU, Wright led the university's entry into online education and initiated the regional campus development strategy that helped IWU become Indiana's largest private university. His service to The Wesleyan Church and commitment to Christian scholarship helped ensure that this growth was established on the sure footing of the university's commitment to Christ-centered higher education.

Outside his tenure at IWU, Wright served as dean of the School of Theology at Azusa Pacific University and served in theological education ministries with The Wesleyan Church in England and Haiti. One of Dr. Wright's stated goals for his tenure as IWU's president is to broaden its global reach.

"The Wesleyan Church welcomes Dr. Wright in his new leadership role and believes his past experiences position him strategically to effectively lead at the intersection of the church, higher education and global opportunities of the 21st century," said Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, General Superintendent, The Wesleyan Church.

Wright earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Arts degree from George Fox University (Western Evangelical Seminary). He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Ministries from Indiana Wesleyan University in 1977.

Commenting on his appointment as IWU's new president, Wright said, "It's a high honor, indeed a sacred trust, to accept the call to serve as President of my alma mater. There are many challenges facing college graduates in the 21st century and I believe with all my heart that Christian higher education is ideally suited to help them attach their gifts to society's greatest needs."

"I'm so grateful for the many people who prayed for the Search Team," said Presidential Search Committee Chair Karen Hollenbeck. "As we conducted a nationwide search, time after time the name of David Wright was recommended. These recommendations came from within the IWU community and from others all across the country.

"As we went through the process, God confirmed to the committee that David Wright was, indeed, the right choice," Hollenbeck said. "He has a deep love for and commitment to IWU, as well as to God and to The Wesleyan Church. When you combine that with his talents and experience, it is clear that God has been preparing him for this time in IWU history. I am excited about the future of IWU under his leadership."

Wright assumes office on July 1, 2013, succeeding Dr. Henry L. Smith, who will retire on June 30, 2013.

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Indiana Wesleyan University is an evangelical Christian comprehensive university of The Wesleyan Church committed to liberal arts and professional education. Its student body of approximately 15,000 includes one-third enrolled in traditional programs on the main campus in Marion, Indiana and two-thirds enrolled as adult learners studying at regional sites in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois and online.