Dr. Wilbert (Will) J. Friesen
Provost and Chief Academic Officer
Dr. Friesen joined the leadership team as Provost and Chief Academic Officer on December 1, 2012, following five months as Interim Provost. Before arriving at Judson, Dr. Friesen served as Provost at Malone University, and became Interim President in February 2010. For two decades he served in a number of administrative positions at Fresno Pacific University and taught courses in the Division of Biblical and Religious Studies.
Born in Chilliwack, B.C., Canada, Friesen earned the B.A. in psychology from Tabor College, Hillsboro, KS (1977); the M.S. in psychology from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS (1980); the M.A. in theology and historical studies from Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, Fresno, CA (1982); and the Ph.D. in religion and culture from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec (1999).
Dr. Friesen’s ongoing research interests include environmental ethics, ethics and technology, and ethics and economics. He served in a variety of leadership positions in his local church, denomination, and community in both Fresno, Canton, and now in Elgin. He and his wife, Glenna, have two adult daughters: Alyssa, a Physician Assistant in Alameda, California; and Joelle, a Child Life Specialist in Seattle, Washington.