Oakwood Taps Three Veteran
Educators for Administrative Posts
Retired GC education director, two others named
BY MICHELE SOLOMON
, Oakwood University communication director
hree veteran Seventh-day Adventist educators have been appointed to new positions at Oakwood University
, an institution of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists located in Huntsville, Alabama.
R. Timothy McDonald has been appointed provost and senior vice president and assumed his new post on July 1, 2011. He succeeds Mervyn Warren, who returned to the classroom, teaching in the Department of Religion and Theology. McDonald also continues to serve as the interim vice president for advancement and development until a new vice president is appointed for that unit.
McDonald was born and reared in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and graduated from the former Oakwood College with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education; from Atlanta University with a master’s degree in education and supervision; and from the University of Miami with a doctorate in higher education administration.
OAKWOOD APPOINTMENTS: From left to right, R. Timothy McDonald, C. Garlan Dulan, and David Knight have new vice presidential appointments at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama. [PHOTO: OU]
McDonald has served at all levels of education within the Adventist Church and at secular institutions as well. Previously he worked at Oakwood as director of the Adult and Continuing Education Program (LEAP). Prior to that he was vice chancellor at the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton (UEAB), in Kenya.
Other administrative posts included vice president for information technology and vice president of advancement and development at Oakwood University; director of development at Morehouse School of Medicine; director of development at Baltimore County Community College; and at the Ohio State University. He has also worked as a teacher and principal in several places, including Greater Atlanta Adventist Academy, DuPont Park Adventist School in Washington, D.C., and the Larchwood Seventh-day Adventist School in Philadelphia.
He is married to Beverly Clark McDonald, a retired educational administrator. They have four children and eight grandchildren.
C. Garland Dulan is the new vice president for academic affairs, succeeding John Anderson, who has returned to full-time teaching after nine years leading Oakwood’s Academic Affairs Department.
As an undergraduate student, Dulan attended Oakwood and two other Seventh-day Adventist colleges. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Union College, and master’s and doctorate degrees in social psychology and the sociology of education from the University of California, Riverside. Dulan also served as a postdoctoral research fellow at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.
In his 38 years of denominational
service, Dulan has served in teaching and/or administrative positions at Southern Adventist University, Oakwood University, and La Sierra University. In 2003 he was elected to serve as General Conference Education Department director, having served four years as an associate director in that department. Dulan served on all six General Conference higher education institutions’ boards: Andrews University, Loma Linda University, Griggs University, Adventist University of Africa (Nairobi, Kenya), Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies (Philippines), and Oakwood.
Although he “retired” in July 2010, Dulan’s love of Christian education led him to accept the call back into service.
Dulan is married to Jeannette Rogers Dulan, a recently retired professor of education at Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Maryland. They have three adult children.
David Knight was appointed vice president for student services. He was born in St. Michael, Barbados, and spent his formative years in Toronto, Canada. He discovered his passion for working with young people at Kingsway College in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. Over his 30-year career he has also worked in student services at Andrews University, Walla Walla University, and Southwestern Adventist University. Knight graduated from Andrews University with a bachelor’s degree in physical education/health and a master’s in school counseling.
He and his wife, Juliet, are the parents of two adult children.