olumbia Union College (CUC) president Randal R. Wisbey has accepted the invitation of the La Sierra University Board of Trustees to become the university’s next president. He announced his plans to the CUC Board of Trustees on March 12.
Wisbey has served CUC in Takoma Park, Maryland, for a combined 13 years: from 1985 to 1991 as college chaplain and assistant professor of Religion, and since 2000 as president. During his presidency CUC has seen a net increase of students, faculty, and donations; developed and implemented an aggressive strategic plan; reorganized its School of Graduate and Professional Studies; revitalized the women’s residence hall; worked effectively with the Maryland Independent College and University Association and the State of Maryland; and celebrated its centennial. It is currently working toward funding the construction of a much needed music education building—its first new building in nearly 40 years.
“I am deeply proud of the faculty and staff who serve here, along with the students who complete this campus and help fulfill its mission each year,” Wisby said. “In turn, I have cherished the privilege of representing our wonderful academic community everywhere I go.”
The Board of Trustees is selecting a search committee of board members, church leaders, alumni, faculty, staff, and students that will begin its work of looking for a new president immediately.
“Dr. Wisbey has such a deep commitment to Adventist higher education,” says David Weigley, chair of CUC’s Board of Trustees. “The students, faculty, staff, trustees, and the Columbia Union have benefited greatly from his forward-looking, forward-thinking leadership.”
Columbia Union College serves approximately 1,100 students of a variety of faiths from more than 40 different states and nearly 50 different countries in its undergraduate and graduate programs.
La Sierra University in Riverside, California, is a school of approximately 1,900 students and 335 faculty and staff that offers associate, bachelors, masters, and doctoral programs. Wisbey will begin his work at La Sierra on July 1.
“I am delighted that LSU has been able to attract as the next president someone with the academic administrative experience of Dr. Randal Wisbey,” says Lawrence T. Geraty, president of La Sierra since 1993. “He is known as a pro-student, pro-faculty, and pro-community president. Known as a visionary, he is respected by local business leaders, politicians, and members of the Maryland academic establishment. [He] will be an excellent fit for Riverside.”
--Scott Steward, director of Public Relations, Columbia Union College/AR