Judson Announces New Acting Provost
(Elgin, IL - July 6, 2012) It was announced on July 2 that Interim President Dr. William Crothers has appointed Dr. Wilbert Friesen as the new acting provost to replace Dr. Dale Simmons, who will not return to his post following the end of his sabbatical in January 2013.
Friesen comes to Judson from Malone University in Canton, Ohio, where he served in several capacities, first as provost from July 2008 to February 2010, then interim president from March 2010 to December 2011, and finally as senior advisor to the president from January to June, 2012.
Before arriving at Malone, Friesen 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, British Columbia, Friesen earned his Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kan. (1977); his Master of Science in psychology from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan. (1980); his Master of Arts in theology and historical studies from Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary in Fresno, Calif. (1982); and his doctorate in religion and culture from McGill University, in Montreal (1999).
Friesen served in a variety of leadership positions in Fresno and Canton, his local church, and denomination. He and his wife, Glenna, have two daughters: Alyssa, a graduate student in Loma Linda, Calif.; and Joelle, a recent graduate of Seattle Pacific University and employed in Seattle, Wash.
“I am looking forward to the opportunity of joining President Crothers and the Judson community in moving the university forward,” says Friesen.
Friesen will serve as acting provost for Judson until the institution finds a permanent president, at which time the new president will hire a permanent provost.