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McPherson College's Provost Selected for National Leadership Development Program

posted May 24, 2012 in ACADEMICS

McPherson College is pleased to announce that Dr. Kent Eaton, provost, is one of 20 senior academic administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges and the American Academic Leadership Institute to participate in the 2012 Colloquium on Leadership for Chief Academic Officers: Classical and Contemporary Reading. Through an examination of classic and contemporary readings, the Colloquium will help participants reflect on power, ethics, and responsibility and strengthen their leadership skills.

Individuals chosen for the program are chief academic officers in higher education who wish to prepare for changes and challenges in the decades ahead, understand complex and unprecedented situations, and further develop strategic wisdom. As a participant, Dr. Eaton will attend a seminar in Annapolis, Maryland, July 17–21. John Churchill, secretary of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, will lead the Colloquium, which will engage participants in cases drawn from classical and contemporary thought selected to help chief academic officers gain insights into issues commonly faced by today’s academic leaders. Examination, discussion, and reflection will help foster the perspectives and skills academic officers need for leadership success.

“Higher education faces many uncertainties, but one thing is certain. Those who lead academic programs of colleges and universities must be able to make sense of complex and unprecedented situations and bring strategic wisdom into practical use,” says Richard Ekman, President of the Council of Independent Colleges. “Successful academic leadership will demand keen intellectual vision and decisive judgment, and the Colloquium will help leaders hone these skills.”

Dr. Eaton has served as provost and professor of cultural studies at McPherson College since 2009 and holds his doctorate in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Wales at Lampeter. During his time at McPherson College, Dr. Eaton has been instrumental in the development of the college's first master's program and the establishment of the college's "Freedom to Jump" entrepreneurship initiative, leading the student winners of the college's first "Global Enterprise Challenge" to Haiti. Prior to MC, Dr. Eaton was the Dean of the School of Humanities, Religion and Social Sciences at Fresno Pacific University; Associate Dean of the Seminary and Professor of Pastoral Ministry at Bethel Seminary San Diego and Professor of Church History, Dean of Students and Interim Dean of Faculty at the Instituto Bíblico y Seminario Teológico de España in Castelldefels, Spain.

"I'm pleased and excited to be joining this colloquium," Dr. Eaton said. "We must know our past and heritage as academic leaders in order to see the best path in front of us to take."

For more information about the Colloquium on Leadership for Chief Academic Officers, visit

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