March 6, 2010

06CN: Andrea Luxton Named Andrews University Provost

Andrea Luxton Named AU Provost

capAndrea Luxton has been named the new provost at Andrews University, the flagship tertiary institution of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Luxton, a veteran Adventist educator, is currently president of Canadian University College in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. The timing of her arrival at Andrews has not been determined.
Niels-Erik Andreasen, Andrews University president, said, “Andrea Luxton has many years of experience in higher education, as a faculty member, administrator and advocate of Adventist higher education both in this country and internationally. I believe she will bring extraordinary gifts to the provost position at Andrews and will help move this University forward in the direction it is destined to go.”
Luxton succeeds Dr. Heather Knight, who in 2009 became president of church-owned Pacific Union College .
“I look forward to engaging with the many professionals at Andrews University and being a part of the University's positive future,” Luxton said. “I will particularly enjoy the diversity and internationalism of the campus and the synergy of working with so many others who share the same values I do in delivering Adventist Christian education.”

Andrea Luxton

Luxton holds a BA in theology and English from Newbold College, an MA in English from Andrews University, a PhD in English from the Catholic University of America as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Institutional Management and Change in Higher Education from the University of Twente, Netherlands.

Luxton began her career in education in 1982 as Head of English for Stanborough School in England. After spending four years at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., as both a teaching assistant and lecturer, she returned to England to chair the English Department at Newbold College from 1986–1991. Beginning in 1991, she held multiple responsibilities as education director, Sabbath School director and women’s ministries coordinator of the British Union of Seventh-day Adventists. In 1993, Luxton returned to her roots at Stanborough, this time as principal. She remained there until 1997, at which time she became president of Newbold College.
In 2001, Luxton relocated to Canada where she served as vice-president for academic administration at Canadian University College from 2001–2003. She served as associate director of education for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists from 2003–2006. Since 2006, Luxton has been president of Canadian University College. She has also served, first as secretary and currently as president, of the Adventist Association of Colleges and Universities.

Luxton has written articles for a number of publications, including Adventist Review, multiple British Union church papers and the Canadian Messenger. She is also an experienced speaker with international experience both in and outside of Church audiences.
The position of provost is relatively new at Andrews University, having been created in 2006 following the resignation and reinstatement of Andreasen in March of that year, and the dismissal of two other school executives . Knight came to Andrews in August of 2006 after serving as associate provost for faculty development, diversity and special programs at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.
Andrews University is the first college and university founded by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Originally established in 1874 in Battle Creek, Michigan, the university has operated in Berrien Springs, Michigan, since 1901.
--Written by Keri Suarez, media relations specialist, Andrews University, with additional reporting by Adventist Review staff