Walla Walla 
University Trustees Vote

to Continue Presidential 

July 1 meeting reviewed recommendation (Posted July 26, 2012)

BY ROSA JIMENEZ, Walla Walla University, with Adventist Review staff

ADMINISTRATION BUILDING: View of the administration building at WWU, College Place, Washington, where the  school’s board of trustees voted July 1 to continue its search for a new president. Mark A. Kellner/AR
On July 1 the Walla Walla University (WWU) board of trustees reviewed 
the presidential search committee’s nomination of Alex Bryan as president and elected not to approve the recommendation.

In a prepared statement, board 
chair Max Torkelsen, president of the North Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, also expressed the board’s appreciation and affirmation for Bryan’s continuing pastoral leadership and ministry at the University church, where Bryan is senior pastor.

The board also approved a motion to ask the presidential search committee to name potential candidates for interim president while the committee continues its work in seeking a candidate for president.

“Our trustees take their responsibility to the ongoing excellence of our institution very seriously. I’m confident we are proceeding intentionally yet carefully, seeking what is ultimately the best long-term choice for our university. I urge each of our [North Pacific Union] members to keep this important process in prayer,” Torkelsen’s statement said.

The search follows the January 15 announcement by John McVay, the school’s twenty-third president, that he would step down in July 2012 to return to full-time teaching. McVay and his family continue to reside in College Place, where he serves as professor of theology at WWU, specializing in New Testament studies.

Founded in 1892, WWU is a private university affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. More than 1,830 undergraduate and graduate students attend the university, which offers more than 100 areas of study on five campuses.

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