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Myklebust Named Interim
Head at Newbold College
Jane Sabes resigns after two years in role

BY MIROSLAV PUJIC, Trans-European Division, with Adventist Review staff

SVEIN MYKLEBUST, who retired in 2008 as head of the Adventist Church’s Middle East University in Beirut, Lebanon, is returning to denominational service as interim principal, or head, at Newbold College, Bracknell, Berkshire, England. He was a former academic dean at Newbold.
 
 
INTERIM CHIEF: Svein Myklebust, who retired in 2008 as head of the Adventist Church’s Middle East University in Beirut, Lebanon, is returning to denominational service as interim principal, or head, at Newbold College, Bracknell, Berkshire, England. He is 
shown with his wife, Randi. [Photo MEU]
Myklebust follows Jane Sabes, whose resignation as principal was announced November 12. Sabes, a former professor of political science at Andrews University and a former state of Wyoming health director, became Newbold’s chief executive in August 2008.

The college’s board, which met in Montenegro on November 14 during year-end executive committee meetings of the Trans-European Division of Seventh-day Adventists (TED), also appointed a search committee to begin the process of looking for a new principal.

Bertil Wiklander, Newbold College board chair and TED president, thanked Sabes for her contribution to the college during her two-year tenure and wished her well for the future. He emphasized Sabes had executed her duties with energy and drive, focusing on the needs of many students, student recruitment, as well as updating many policies and making board routines efficient.
 
RESIGNED: Jane Sabes, a former state of Wyoming health director and longtime professor at Andrews University, resigned as Newbold’s principal in Nov. 2010. [Photo: AU]
 
In a report for its 2010 annual general meeting, Newbold said it had a total of 266 students for the 2009-2010 academic year, an approximately 16 percent increase over the previous academic year’s 229 students. The school has had its challenges, however. According to the report, “budgetary limitations have, for the past several years, prevented the college from providing the pay increases, social recreation, and retreats essential to motivate staff, to team-build, and [to] vision the future.”

After the appointment of Myklebust as acting principal, Wiklander expressed his satisfaction that the transition in leadership is working well: “Dr. Myklebust is an experienced administrator of Adventist higher education and has served several years as academic dean at Newbold College itself. He is familiar with the great assets that Newbold College has and its great importance for the development of church life in the Trans-European Division.”

Regarding the search committee for a permanent principal, Wiklander said this work would be prioritized and conducted with openness and determination. He added that “leading Newbold College today offers opportunities of creatively changing the way in which Adventist education interacts with and builds up the church by equipping not only church workers but also members whom Christ has called to be ministers.” The financial support from church organizations in the TED toward Newbold College is in a process of significant increase that will reach its peak in 2013, officials said.
 
 

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