Burton Webb named as vice president for academic affairs

Burton Webb named as vice president for academic affairs

Monday, February 15, 2010

President David Alexander announced the hiring of Dr. Burton Webb as vice president for academic affairs. Webb is an experienced administrator, scientist and teacher-scholar, and has served in leadership and in the classroom at Indiana Wesleyan University. He earned a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from Indiana University School of Medicine, a master?s in biology from Ball State University and a bachelor of science in zoology from Olivet Nazarene University.

?We are delighted that Dr. Burton Webb will be Northwest Nazarene University?s next Vice President for Academic Affairs.  Dr. Webb has a unique set of academic training and administrative experience.  His background as an immunologist, his gifts in the classroom, his broad research experience, his familiarity with a variety of educational programs and delivery modes, coupled with his understanding of and commitment to Christian higher education in the Wesleyan tradition, make him extremely well qualified to lead NNU's growing and dynamic educational enterprise,? said President Alexander.

As a senior administrator, Webb will have a key role in leading the institution forward in mission and vision fulfillment.  As the University?s chief academic officer, the vice president for academic affairs works with the University President, the faculty and deans and the President?s Cabinet.

Webb?s 16 years in higher education at Indiana Wesleyan University have taken him beyond the research labs and classrooms.  Since 2009, he served as associate dean for the School of Physical and Applied Sciences and for the five years previous he was the chair of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, with a one-year hiatus as interim dean for the College of the Arts and Sciences.

?There is an incredible tradition of caring for students combined with academic excellence at NNU. I am humbled and honored to have this tremendous responsibility. It is my prayer that we can work together with the faculty, administration, trustees and alumni to uphold the academic mission of the university as we move into the 21st century,? said Webb.    

Raised in the Free Methodist Church, Webb began his personal relationship with Christ at a young age.  Today he is an involved and committed Christian and church member, along with his wife Kay, who grew up in the Church of the Nazarene in Southern Indiana. Kay also graduated from Olivet Nazarene University and now holds a Ph.D. in counseling psychology. The Madison Park Church of God (Anderson, IN) has been their church family for almost 15 years where he serves on the board of elders.  In addition to singing in the choir and participating in small group ministry, he also served several terms on the administrative board.

Regarding Webb?s philosophy of Christian higher education, he states, ?For many institutions the pursuit of academic excellence has morphed into the formation of 22-year-old experts who lack the ability to fully contextualize their knowledge into the framework of a larger world. Therefore, it is my belief that the best-trained scientist is the one who can place his petri dish next to his poetry and grasp the beauty and complexity of both. There is great strength in broad, cross-disciplinary education that includes excellent instruction in the liberal arts as well as a specific major area of study.?  

Core to the heart of the purpose of Northwest Nazarene University is the integration of faith and learning.  ?[Faculty] must add layer upon layer, building up both understanding and faith. We are responsible to point our students toward a kingdom definition of the life well lived,? said Webb.

Dr. Burton Webb succeeds Dr. Samuel Dunn who is retiring after nearly 15 years of service to the University. Webb will begin his new leadership responsibilities July 1, 2010.

Photo Caption:  Dr. Burton J. Webb will begin his appointment as NNU's next vice president for academic affairs July 1, 2010.