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Bob Derrenbacker Named President of Thorneloe University

May 08, 2009

It is with a mixture of joy and sadness, congratulations and sorrow that I have to announce to the Regent community that Bob Derrenbacker, our associate professor of New Testament, has been appointed as the President and Provost of Thorneloe University, an Anglican institution federated with Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. He will begin in this position on the 1st of July this year.

As one of the founding colleges of Laurentian University, Thorneloe offers courses in religious studies, classics, women¹s studies, and theatre arts. It employs nine full-time faculty, four full-time staff, and a number of part-time faculty and staff. Part of Bob¹s responsibilities will include teaching two New Testament studies courses per year within the religious studies department at Laurentian.

As a result of this move to Sudbury, Cindy Derrenbacker will be stepping down as Library Director this summer. While she has no specific plans professionally at the moment, she is pursuing a variety of different options in Ontario.

Don Lewis
Academic Dean

 

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Monday, 27 April 2009

Thorneloe University appoints Robert Derrenbacker as new president

Sudbury (Ontario) - Thorneloe University’s Board of Governors is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Derrenbacker as President, Provost and Vice-Chancellor of Thorneloe University. The unanimous recommendation of the Presidential Search Committee was approved by the Board of Governors at a special meeting of the Board held today. Dr Derrenbacker becomes Thorneloe’s twelfth president and will begin his first term of office on 1 July 2009.

‘I am delighted by the Board’s appointment,’ said outgoing President, Stephen Andrews. ‘Dr Derrenbacker brings a fine blend of scholarship and executive skill to this position. I am confident that under his leadership the university will live up to its mission of ‘providing an accessible education fostering critical inquiry in a student-focused environment’.” Dr Andrews takes up responsibilities as Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of Algoma this summer.

Dr Derrenbacker is currently Associate Professor of New Testament at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wheaton College, a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a PhD from the University of St Michael’s College at the University of Toronto. His dissertation, Ancient Compositional Practices and the Synoptic Problem was published by Peeters in 2005. From 2000 to 2003 he was Associate Dean and Assistant Professor of New Testament at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto and in 2005 he was a Visiting Fellow in the Faculty of Theology at the Katholieke Universiteit, Belgium. He has also taught at Peter’s Theological Seminary, London, Ontario, and St Michael’s College and Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Q Project; Treasurer and Membership Secretary of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies; and he belongs to the Catholic Biblical Association and Society of Biblical Literature. He is a Priest in the Anglican Church of Canada and is an Honorary Assistant at St Helen’s, Point Grey in Vancouver. He is married with two children.

Dr Derrenbacker responded to the news of his appointment with enthusiasm. ‘Thorneloe University plays an extremely vital role in the educational mission of Laurentian University and in the lives of its students,’ he writes. ‘I am excited about working together with the Board, faculty and staff at Thorneloe in this new position.’

Founded by the Anglican Church in 1961, Thorneloe University is federated with Laurentian University. Offering courses of study in Classics, Religious Studies, Theatre Arts and Women’s Studies, Thorneloe teaches nearly 1200 students per year. Thorneloe works collaboratively with Laurentian in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Programme and in the M.A. in Humanities Programme. It also offers a distance-education programme in Theology leading to a Diploma or Bachelor’s degree.