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ERIC Number: EJ880210
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1536-3759
An Interview with Jon Wallace, Christian College President
McIntire, David
Christian Higher Education, v9 n1 p71-81 2010
Without question, effective leadership is essential to the future of higher education. Presidential leadership is seen as the key to strategically positioning the future of colleges and universities. This may be even more critical for Christian institutions. It is imperative that boards are successful in selecting, developing, and supporting their presidents. Similarly, it is crucial that the president be judicious in sharing and collaborating institutional vision with all constituencies. How this vision is communicated, to a great extent, will determine the university's success. Jon Wallace is the president of Azusa Pacific University. He is respected as a successful Christian university president. Jon would describe himself as a work in progress. His journey to the presidency is marked by arriving in 1972 as a freshman and then being academically dismissed at the end of his freshman year. He reflected on that experience and related that during his year off, he committed to being serious about his studies before returning, becoming the student body president, and graduating with his class. His first job was with custodial services in the residence halls. Since then, Jon has held nearly every position at every level on campus. The campus had around 1,000 students in 1972, and now has over 10,000. He has learned to try new things, keep the best, and discard what isn't working. Jon agreed to do this interview in the hopes that his responses to the questions posed might prove to be useful to others. Jon is a humble person and would not want to be presented as a model Christian university president. But, in my opinion, he is certainly that.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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