Regent College Board Appoints Jeff Greenman President
An international leader in theological education has been appointed the fifth president of Regent College.
Dr. Jeffrey Greenman is currently Regent’s Executive Vice President and Academic Dean. Prior to joining Regent in 2013, he served at Wheaton College in Illinois as Associate Dean of Biblical and Theological Studies and Professor of Christian Ethics. Before that, he held a number of prominent administrative and teaching positions at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto, including Academic Dean, R.J. Bernardo Family Chair of Leadership, Director of the Tyndale Centre for Leadership Development, and Professor of Christian Ethics.
Dr. Greenman succeeds Dr. Rod Wilson, who is completing fifteen years of service as president to Regent College. Dr. Greenman will begin his five-year term as president on February 1, 2015.
Given the unusual circumstance that his successor has been appointed from within the College, Rod Wilson has assumed the role of outgoing President between now and August 31st 2015 with Jeff assuming the full responsibilities of President immediately.
This seven month period will allow Rod to continue profiling Regent through speaking, teaching, and meeting with prospective students and donors, while providing ample opportunity for Jeff and Rod to work together to transition the presidency well.
“With enthusiasm I will do everything I can as outgoing President to maximize Jeff’s success during these months of transition. Bev and I deeply love Regent College, and Jeff will be an outstanding president to lead the community forward.”
The Regent Board of Governors made the appointment following a nine-month international search that was led by a presidential search committee with representatives from the College board, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and donors.
“Throughout our search, we were consistently told that we already had the best possible candidate in Jeff Greenman,” said Board Chair Roger Laing. “He is consistently praised by colleagues and peers around the world as being an outstanding leader and administrator. He is someone who listens to people across constituencies to find creative solutions for the good of an organization.”
Dr. Greenman is the first alumnus of Regent College to become president. He received his MDiv in 1988, having been awarded the prize for the student who most contributed to student life. As a student, he served two years as teaching assistant to Principal Carl Armerding. In 1996, he was recruited to Tyndale Seminary by Ward Gasque, another founder and early professor of Regent College, where they worked closely together until Jeff succeeded him as academic dean.
Greenman has a deep appreciation for the history and heritage of Regent College, and great optimism for its future.
“The future that I see for Regent emerges out of the past. It emerges out of our historic commitments to equip the whole body of Christ with a deeply transformative education. It's still what we're about.
“At the beginning, we were very innovative and creative. We were doing something that nobody else had ever done: graduate theological education for the laity, for the whole people of God. What excites me is that now, there are opportunities for new and creative ways of opening up access for more people to have this kind of education.”
You can learn more about the presidential search on our President & Cabinet page.