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selection criteria were developed. A job posting distributed through various mediums around the North American Division (NAD) garnered 32 candidates, including several from other countries. After a four-month vetting process and 30 hours of meetings, the search committee presented their top selection to the Board of Trustees for their vote. “The Board of Trustees believes Dr. Fehr is the best person available to La Sierra University at this time based on her qualifications, demonstrated experience, and the support of organizational and academic stakeholders,” said La Sierra University Board of Trustees Chair Ricardo Graham. “The search committee prayerfully went about its work under the expert leadership of Dr. von Pohle. The process was systematic with all candidates evaluated equally under the same criteria. These principles were compiled based on the valuable input the search committee received from stakeholder meetings held prior to the start of the search process. The board stands in full support of Dr. Fehr.” La Sierra University Faculty Senate Chair Dr. Leslie Martin, who served on the search committee, stated, “I am excited by Joy’s vision for the future of La Sierra University and look forward to working with her through the sharedgovernance process to make the coming years some of the best yet.” Dr. Wisbey, who is exiting the university presidency after a 12-year tenure, added, “Dr. Joy Fehr is an outstanding leader. Our university has been blessed by her clear-eyed vision, her passionate support of our students, faculty, and staff, and her commitment evidenced by embracing our La Sierra story. I believe she will

be instrumental in guiding the university into an ever-expanding role of influence and success.” In her current role as provost, Dr. Fehr created the Senior Leadership Team, which has developed a roadmap for growing the university’s enrollment and increasing net tuition revenue over the next three to five years. In support of the team’s work, she has led in the creation of the Strategic Enrollment Planning Council through which programs will be added and current programs evaluated based on a data-informed process. Dr. Fehr’s roles at Burman University, previously known as Canadian University College, included serving as dean of its arts division and as an award-winning English professor. Prior to her academic career, she served as co-owner and vice president of Fehr West Industries Ltd., a mechanical mobile repair business, where she was responsible for key business decisions. Her contributions to Adventist higher education include continued service on the NAD Higher Education Collaboration Taskforce, continued membership with the Association of Adventist Academic Administrators, and upcoming service in January with an Adventist Accrediting Association visiting team. Dr. Fehr holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Calgary, including a Ph.D. in English Literature. She lives in Riverside with her husband, Cornelius. In response to the news of her appointment, Dr. Fehr commented, “As La Sierra University moves into the future, I look forward to discovering with the campus community how we can continue to ensure our students are best served, best educated, and best prepared to be positive change agents—the conduits of God’s grace in their worlds.”

“I am excited by Joy’s vision for the future of La Sierra University and look forward to working with her through the shared-governance process to make the coming years some of the best yet.” J U LY 2019

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Pacific Union Recorder—July 2019  

A Hymn to God the Father Wilt thou forgive that sin where I begun, Which was my sin, though it were done before? Wilt thou forgive that sin...

Pacific Union Recorder—July 2019  

A Hymn to God the Father Wilt thou forgive that sin where I begun, Which was my sin, though it were done before? Wilt thou forgive that sin...