New members elected to board of trustees
The Southwestern Adventist University board, standing from left: John Moyer, Arlene Tucker, Edmund Fry III, Leighton Holley, Jepthah Choate, Sheree Parris Nudd, Donald Jernigan, John McKinney, David Knight, Edward Reifsnyder, Winston Stanley, Jung-Wook Park, James Stevens, Neta Coulter, Stephen Orian, Deryl Knutson, and Mic Thurber. Seated, from left: Pete Weber, Barry Siebenlist, Max Trevino, Eric Anderson, Samuel Green, Dan Zacharias, and Paul Chavez. Not pictured: Harold Collum, Virginia Hayes, Frank Knittel, Ben Leach, Charles Leffler, Ruben Pechero, Eric Shepperd, Douglas Walker, Gary Watts, and Billy Wright.
Southwestern Adventist University — As SWAU’s board of trustees completed its duties in 2006, new members were chosen for the new term, nine of which demonstrate the variety and depth of experience found in this decision-making committee. “We want people who can give us good advice,” explains SWAU president Eric Anderson, explaining how the nine were chosen. “We were trying to find the best informed, most articulate people that we could.”
A good example of that is Frank Knittel, former president of Southern Adventist University (back when it was Southern College), former English professor at La Sierra University, and successful entrepreneur. “Frank knows a lot more about being a college president than I do,” says Anderson. A 1944 graduate of SWAU (when it was Southwestern Adventist Junior College), Knittel now lives in Alford, Tex.
Sheree Parris Nudd is another new board member. She currently serves as vice president of Washington Adventist Hospital in Gaithersburg, Md., and is an experienced fundraiser. In fact, she is listed as a contributing author on the textbook used in SWAU’s fundraising class.
New board member Gary Watts and wife Cyndee spoke for SWAU’s Week of Prayer last September. The two are active in organizing small group ministries. A practicing physician, Gary is a retired missionary and hospital administrator, and he and Cyndee live in Paradise, Calif. “The main reason I accepted (the board position) was because I wanted to see Southwestern become known as a place where students experience God’s presence and leading in their lives,” says Watts. “My dream is that in the next five years Southwestern will become better known as a place with a vibrant Christian spirit and a place of academic excellence.”
Eric Shepperd, an attorney living in Austin, was elected as a district judge last November. Donald Jernigan was academic dean at Mary Hardin Baylor College as well as a physics professor; now he is president of Adventist Health System-Sunbelt out of Longwood, Fla. Jepthah Choate serves as the associate registrar at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and Neta Coulter is a guidance counselor at Clayton High School in Clayton, N.M. Jung-Wook Park is president of Master-Tech Electronics Inc. in Bristow, Okla., and Winston Stanley, Ph.D., is a pastor in Round Rock, Tex.
The board of trustees membership consists of a maximum of 36 members who are elected for a 10-year term at each quinquennial constituency session. The newly elected members will participate in regular board activities, such as determining business, financial, and other general policies of the university. The board of trustees is the supreme policy-making authority of the university. It elects the president of the university and bears full legal responsibility for the institution. It has the power to assign academic rank and continuous appointment to members of the general teaching faculty on recommendation of the university president. Other duties include determining remuneration and salary rates of all employees.