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Dr. Wilbert (Will) J. Friesen

Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Will FriesenDr. Friesen joined the leadership team as Provost and Chief Academic Officer in December 2012, following five months as Interim Provost. Prior to Judson, Dr. Friesen served as Provost and Interim President at Malone University. 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 a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Tabor College, Hillsboro, Kan., in 1977, a Master of Science in Psychology from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan., in 1980, a Master of Arts in Theology and Historical Studies from Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, Fresno, Calif., in 1982, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Religion and Culture from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, in 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 and Canton, and now in Elgin. He and his wife, Glenna, have two adult daughters: Alyssa, a Physician Assistant in Alameda, Calif.; and Joelle, a Child Life Specialist in Seattle, Wash.

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