Siloam Springs, Ark. (August 29, 2002) - Dr. Lee Balzer, president of John Brown University, announced today that JBU has restructured the university’s senior administration to enable the president to devote a greater portion of his time and effort to communication and interaction with the university’s constituencies.
The primary change in the administrative structure is the establishment of the office of executive vice president. Dr. Jim Worthington, vice president for academic affairs, has been appointed as the new executive vice president.
Dr. Worthington has a wealth of experience in higher education. Prior to his appointment as vice president for academic affairs in July 2001, Dr. Worthington had served as dean of graduate studies, professor of education and chair of the division of teacher education at JBU. Prior to his employment at JBU, he served as dean of the school of education at Seattle Pacific University for 14 years and was chair of the division of education and psychology at Houghton College for seven years.
“President Balzer has articulated an ambitious set of growth goals for John Brown University, and I look forward to the challenge of supporting the president’s efforts to pursue these important goals to ensure the long-term strength of John Brown University,” Dr. Worthington said. “We are blessed with an experienced and talented group of vice-presidents, and I look forward to working with them.”
The president’s increased focus on the university’s constituencies accompanies recent initiatives by JBU’s office of advancement to increase public awareness of John Brown University.
“The university has developed and grown significantly in recent years, and we want to keep our alumni and friends fully informed about this growth and share with them the vision for the future of the university,” said Dr. Jim Krall, vice president for university advancement.
John Brown University is completing a $27 million campus redevelopment project, much of which is funded by a recent comprehensive campaign in which the university raised nearly $40 million. The campaign also provided a substantial endowment to the new Center for Marriage and Family Studies and the Soderquist Center for Leadership and Ethics.
In recent the years, the university has also established a successful adult degree completion program, which it offers at five locations in the state of Arkansas, and added graduate degree programs in business, counseling, family therapy, leadership and ethics and ministry. John Brown University continues to offer more than 50 undergraduate majors in the liberal arts, professional and technical disciplines.
All of these developments in recent years have necessitated the addition of the office of executive vice president to the university’s senior administration, which now includes the president, executive vice president and vice presidents of academic affairs, advancement, enrollment management, finance and administration and student development.
“JBU is a mature university with an experienced senior administration, and it is time for the president to give more time and attention to alumni, friends and other constituencies of the university,” Dr. Balzer said. “I am confident that Executive Vice President Jim Worthington will provide the leadership to the senior administration that will allow me to focus on these important goals for the university.”
John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of more than 1,700 students from 45 states and 33 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.