28 May 2021 | The Pacific Union College (PUC) Board of Trustees has selected Dr. Ralph Trecartin as the next president of the institution.
According to a May 25 announcement on PUC’s website, Trecartin is the Angwin, California-based institution’s twenty-fourth president in its 138-year history. He will assume his new role on July 1, 2021.
“Dr. Trecartin is joining the PUC family at a very important time,” said Bradford Newton, board chair and executive secretary of the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. “The college has launched a new Vision for the future, and we believe Dr. Trecartin is the leader this school needs to move this plan forward.”
Trecartin has worked in higher education for over three decades and is currently associate provost and dean of the College of Professionals for Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. He has a PhD in finance from Michigan State University’s Eli Broad College of Business, an MBA from Andrews University, and a bachelor’s degree in Theology from the now-closed Atlantic Union College.
“We followed a careful and thorough process that considered dozens of candidates,” said Berit von Pohle, board trustee, director of education for the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, and chair of the presidential search committee (as quoted in the PUC announcement). “His proven track record in innovation, partnerships, and fundraising, as well as his experience in academic, enrollment, and financial administration, make him uniquely qualified to lead Pacific Union College at this particular time.”
“Building a vibrant Adventist educational offering is what captures my imagination,” said Trecartin, according to the announcement. “Education is one of the most powerful ways to model joyous life, and to influence aspiring young people to reach for the highest levels of achievement while growing closer to God.”
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