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Gordon-Conwell Names Interim Dean of Boston Campus

April 5, 2011

Hamilton, MA—Dwight Jessup, Ph.D., has been named interim dean of the Boston campus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, effective immediately. He replaces Dr. Al Padilla, who has taken over leadership of the seminary’s new Hispanic Ministries Program.

Dr. Jessup brings to his new role 48 years of experience in higher education as a teacher and administrator. This experience includes serving as vice president for academic affairs at Bethel College (now Bethel University) in Minnesota, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Biola University in California, chief academic officer of Nairobi Evangelical School of Theology in Kenya, and interim vice president and academic dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana Wesleyan University in Indiana. He served for over a decade as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the University at Taylor University. While there, he gave oversight to Taylor's Urban Campus in Fort Wayne, IN.

His many professional and higher education memberships include the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), where he is a senior fellow and consultant to CCCU international affiliate colleges and universities. He has also traveled broadly for the CCCU, conducting study program reviews for the consortium. He is a member of the board of directors and chair of the Academic Consultative Group for the Global Oceanic Foundation (a Christian shipboard study abroad program).

Dr. Jessup is trained in political science and has written extensively on political subjects, religious liberty and higher education. He is a member of the board of directors for the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty and for Christian Leaders for Africa. He is a licensed minister and has been active in local churches. He earned an MA and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He and his wife, Karin, have three children and nine grandchildren.

“Gordon-Conwell is blessed to have Dr. Jessup come on board as our interim dean,” says Provost Frank James. “His administrative and higher education experience mean that the Boston campus is in competent hands as we continue the search for a permanent appointment.”