Asbury University Selects New Academic Dean

WILMORE, Ky. — The administration at Asbury University has announced that Dr. Timothy Campbell, a 1999 graduate of the University, has been selected as the next Academic Dean.

Dr. Timothy Campbell
Asbury has selected a 1999 graduate, Dr. Timothy Campbell, to be the new academic dean.

Campbell currently serves as Director for the Office of Planning & Research in the College of Education & Human Services at Central Michigan University. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Asbury University, a Master’s degree from the University of Connecticut and a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education from Michigan State University.

“Dr. Campbell brings to the role of Academic Dean a unique combination of administrative, assessment, program evaluation and analytical skills, while at the same time possessing an abiding appreciation for Asbury University (Class of 1999 – Seekers) and a deep love for Jesus Christ,” said Provost Jon Kulaga. “In addition to his doctoral work in Higher Education Administration, Dr. Campbell holds a breadth of experience working with faculty, department chairs, deans and student records, as well as institutional software and assessment best practices.”

“Dr. Campbell is also a scholar,” Kulaga continued. “His many presentations and publications on leadership, planning and policy, and department chair best practices will be invaluable to him in his role working with faculty across the institution.”

As the first-ever Director of the Office of Planning & Research, Campbell served as the primary auditor coordinator for 18 degree-programs, as well as the lead on the institution’s quality control system governing academic matters evaluating curriculum, candidates, faculty expertise, program and course requirements, and facilities.

He achieved a five-year reaccreditation award for undergraduate programs and a five-year initial accreditation award for graduation programs in the College of Education and Human Services at Central Michigan University. He also compiled annual data packs of student learning outcome results for 20 departments across five colleges and created the first assessment to track how more than 2,000 students think about prior learning to their changed perspectives over time.

Prior to receiving his Ph.D., Campbell worked as a program evaluator for a grant from the National Science Foundation in the College of Engineering at Michigan State University.

Undergirding his administrative skills is a commitment to Christian liberal arts to promote and model thinking “Christianly.”

"For me Asbury represents a place where intellectual pursuit and the person of Jesus coexist as an idea,” Campbell said. “What’s important to me is helping Asbury succeed while remaining true to its heritage, and ensuring the integrity of the institution’s curricular portfolio is a major part of this process. I’m eager to return to Kentucky to join a committed team of professionals. I’m grateful to spend my coming years serving the Asbury community and supporting the general health and welfare of faculty and their departments."

His wife Jennifer, also a 1999 Asbury alum, is an Assistant Professor of Music Theory and History at Central Michigan University and holds a Ph.D. in Music Theory and History and an M.A. in Historical Musicology from the University of Connecticut.

Campbell will assume his new duties this summer following the retirement of Academic Dean Dr. Bonnie Banker, whose legacy at Asbury University spans 43 years and numerous faculty and administrative positions.

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