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Roberts Wesleyan, Northeastern Seminary select new leader

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Rochester Business Journal
December 9, 2013

Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary have named a new president.

Deana Porterfield was named the 11th president of Roberts Wesleyan and the third president of Northeastern Seminary, the boards of trustees of the institutions announced Monday.

Porterfield has a background in Christian higher education, serving at Azusa Pacific University, a private Christian university near Los Angeles, and Azusa Pacific Online University for more than 24 years in various roles, including vice president for enrollment management, senior vice president for people and organizational development and executive vice president.

“Dr. Porterfield is a visionary Christian leader who transforms her ideas into actions and results,” said Terry Taber, chairman of the boards of trustees. “She immediately impressed the search committee with her passion for Christian higher education and her ability to inspire transformation in an ever-changing environment for colleges and universities.”

Porterfield is slated to take office July 1, at the start of the 2014-15 academic year. She succeeds John Martin, who announced his intention to step down at the end of the 2013-14 academic year.

“As the field of higher education continues to change, I believe Roberts and Northeastern are positioned to be a beacon, delivering Christian education that is affordable and accessible to all who desire it,” Porterfield said. “The rich heritage and values of Roberts and Northeastern provide the foundation and momentum needed to propel us into the future. We will continue the legacy of graduating men and women of character, ready to serve the world.”

Northeastern Seminary is a multidenominational graduate school of theology located on the Roberts Wesleyan campus.

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