JBU Appoints VP for Academic Affairs

Siloam Springs, Ark. (September 5, 2002) — Dr. Edward E. Ericson III, dean of undergraduate studies, has been appointed as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at John Brown University. “JBU has benefited greatly from Dr. Ed Ericson’s innovative teaching style as a professor and his leadership as an administrator. I am confident that he will continue to advance the academic excellence at JBU as he steps into this new role as vice president for academic affairs, “ said Dr. Lee Balzer, JBU president. Dr. Ericson joined the faculty at JBU in 1994, teaching history and international relations. During his tenure at JBU, he has been chair of the department of political science and history, chair the division of social and behavioral studies, and dean of undergraduate studies. He has also been active on many university committees and task forces, such as the curricular guidelines task force, the foundations of Christian scholarship task force, the educational policies committee, the North Central Accreditation task force and the long-range planning committee. Prior to his employment at JBU, Dr. Ericson taught history at Calvin College and Indiana University. Dr. Ericson completed his B.A. at Calvin College and his M.A. and Ph.D. at Indiana University. He spent one year in Germany on fellowship doing his dissertation research. This eventually led to the publication in 1999 of his first book, Feeding the German Eagle: Soviet Economic Aid to Nazi Germany, 1933-1941. Dr. Ericson’s research areas include World War II, military planning, and the use of historical simulations in the military and in the classroom. His incorporation of historical simulations in the classroom has gained substantial media and academic recognition. Dr. Ericson will assume the vice-presidency on Sept. 15, when his predecessor, Dr. Jim Worthington, takes a new position as executive vice president at the university. “Dr. Ericson has consistently demonstrated the ability to lead and to bring a global perspective to higher education administration,” Worthington said. “He has an outstanding commitment to scholarship and to JBU’s mission, and he will provide excellent leadership to the faculty at John Brown University.” In addition to Dr. Ericson’s involvement in education, he has also served on the board and as vice president of the Arkansas Racquetball Association. Dr. Ericson and his wife, Julie, live in Siloam Springs. John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of more than 1,700 students from 42 states and 45 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.