Asbury College announces new provost, Dr. Jon S. Kulaga
WILMORE, KY— On May 31, 2007, Dr. Jon S. Kulaga was announced as the new Provost. Kulaga will begin his new position on July 1, 2007.
“We are extremely pleased to have Dr. Kulaga join our team at Asbury College,” said president-elect Dr. Sandra Gray. “His professional experience, organizational skills and curriculum development background have prepared him well for his role at the College. His passion for the Lord and students will complement our pursuit of academic excellence and spiritual vitality.”
Since 1988, Dr. Kulaga has been involved in Christian higher education. He is currently the assistant dean and an associate professor of the School of Adult Studies at Spring Arbor University. He holds a B.A. in ministry from the philosophy-religion department of Spring Arbor College, 1984, an M.A. in organizational management within higher education from Michigan State University, 1991, and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Kansas State University, 2005.
Kulaga’s work in the School of Adult Studies includes overseeing the curriculum development for the undergraduate, graduate and on-line programs. He is responsible for the hiring and on-going professional development for the faculty. The School of Adult Studies includes more than 1,600 students and 270 full and part-time faculty. Currently he chairs a CCCU task force on adult student retention comprised of individuals from several member institutions.
In addition to his work for the School of Adult Studies, Kulaga is also the director of the University Honors Program at Spring Arbor University. He helped develop the university-wide honors program and co-planned and implemented many on-campus honors events, and an annual summer leadership experience in Montana. Prior to becoming the assistant dean, he coordinated and directed the undergraduate teacher education program on the main campus of Spring Arbor University and all off-campus sites around Michigan. He has been an instructor in undergraduate teacher education, as well as teaching graduate and undergraduate level classes in Christian worldview, values and ethics. In 2004-05, he served on the university’s NCATE Rejoinder Committee, editing and compiling their successful rejoinder document.
Kulaga also has experience in grant writing, strategic initiatives, donor relations, public relations and student life. He was the vice president for institutional advancement at Spring Arbor University from 1998-2002. He has authored and co-authored several publications, including his most recent book, Edward Payson Hart: The Second Man of Free Methodism. He has co-led student groups to Mexico and is regularly scheduled each year to speak to the student body in their chapel services.
As an elder in the Free Methodist Church of North America, Kulaga is actively involved in his local Free Methodist Church as an adult Sunday School teacher. His wife, Lena, is a former elementary public school teacher and currently directs the primary Sunday School department for the Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church. Jon and Lena have four children, ages 9-15 years.