Andrews University Names New Provost
ndrews University president, Niels-Erik Andreasen, announced to the campus on June 28 that Heather Knight, current associate provost for faculty development, diversity, and special programs at University of the Pacific in California, has been named the university’s new provost.
|NEW PROVOST: Heather Knight is the new provost of Andrews University. [Photo courtesy of AU Public Relations]
The decision to offer the position to Knight came after the provost search committee completed interviews of its short list of two finalists for the position. The interviews of the candidates by this committee were accompanied by a number of campus presentations by each candidate. The committee also reviewed feedback from several key groups across the campus, including faculty, staff, students, departmental, and academic deans.
Knight joins Andrews University with rich experience in teaching and administration at the University of the Pacific, where she has served since 1993. At University of the Pacific, Knight has served first as an assistant, and then associate, provost since 1997. Knight graduated with a Ph.D. in English from Stanford University in 1991, specializing in African American Literature; an MA in English from Loma Linda University in 1984; and a BA in English from Oakwood College in 1982.
Knight will officially begin in her new role as provost in mid-August 2006.
“I believe that the future of Andrews University and higher education in general is bright, and the collaboration and possibilities that Dr. Knight will bring to our work here will be significant,” said Andreasen.
Andrews University is located in Berrien Springs, Michigan.—AndrewsUniversity Media Relations.
HONOLULU: Fire Strikes Adventist School
Honolulu firefighters fought a three-alarm fire for more than two hours on Sunday morning, June 18, to put out a blaze at Hawaiian Mission Elementary and Intermediate School, an Adventist school in Makiki. Members of another church congregation, who rent the auditorium on Sundays, were holding a potluck luncheon on the school grounds and called the fire department when they saw smoke coming from the building. No injuries were reported.
According to Deloris Trujillo, superintendent of schools for the Hawaii Conference, fire investigators believe the fire was caused by an electrical problem that triggered some combustible material in the attic.
“Because there had been several other recent school fires in the islands that were suspected of being caused by arson, the interest in this fire was quite high from all of the local TV stations and newspapers,” said Trujillo. “Not only was there comprehensive coverage, the media seemed to be deeply concerned about the school’s welfare.”
The auditorium suffered extensive damage, but smoke and water damage in the rest of the building, which houses the cafeteria, music room, administrative offices, and one of the campus’s nine classrooms, makes it unusable for summer and well as fall classes. The students, however, will be able to use the other classrooms housed in a separate building.
According to Trujillo, Adventist Risk Management¯the Adventist Church’s insurance company¯is currently assessing the damages and has already begun working to restore the building.
“Adventist Risk Management has been just wonderful,” said Trujillo. “They were right there as soon as we needed them, and they have been nothing but solicitous and helpful.”
“To have such an organization for our institutions is a great blessing to our church,” she added. “I have really appreciated them. To me, the great story of this fire was that no one was hurt and how blessed we are to have ARM.” —AR.