President's Perspective

April 5, 2019

“New!” Most of us love the word “new”—at least when it refers to a new car or new house or new whatever for us. But “new” can also incite angst for some because it typically accompanies change. Well, despite the fact that we are indeed changing, it is our hope that this new periodic communique does not cause any of you angst, but instead provides the sort of joy that a new car might bring. So, I welcome you to browse and read this first installment of President’s Perspective, which is intended to serve as a complement to our semi-annual Messenger. Through each monthly installment, we’ll seek to provide all NNU alumni and friends with periodic updates as to news, events, and happenings at NNU.

NNU is now a semester-and-a-half into its current three-year plan. The 2018-21 Strategic Plan is oriented around three primary themes, within each of which are three strategic initiatives. Over the course of the next three years, each item included in President’s Perspective will include a reference to the one or more of the three strategic themes and initiatives the particular article applies. It is our hope that this will help each reader recognize that our activity is driven by our Strategic Plan, as well as help readers become more familiar with that Plan.

March 2019 was a month of leadership transition at NNU. At its March meeting, the Board of Trustees elected a new Board Chair. Dr. Randy Craker had served as Chair of the Board of Trustees for 13 years, but his position as a Trustee and Board Chair will end upon his retirement immediately following NNU’s 2019 Commencement exercises. So, the Board of Trustees elected Mr. Mike Zahare on the second ballot to serve as Board Chair beginning in mid-May 2019. Chair-elect Zahare is a 1981 NNU Alum who lives in Anchorage, Alaska, where he practices law and is involved in various ways with the Church of the Nazarene. You can read more about Mike here. Dr. Craker will be delivering the address at each of NNU’s Commencement exercises on May 11, 2019 – all are invited to this time of celebration as hundreds of our NNU students mark their graduation.

In addition to transition in the leadership of the Board of Trustees, March 2019 also saw the election of a new Alumni Association President. At its March 2019 meeting, the Alumni Board bid farewell to Mrs. Jan McIntire, who served as NNU Alumni Association President for the past six years. Jan’s service to all NNU Alums has been significant and we owe her a great debt of gratitude for her faithful and effective service. After expressing its thanks to Jan, the Alumni Board elected Mr. Eddie Miles as NNU’s next Alumni Association President. Mr. Miles has served on the Alumni Board for the past five years, the last as Vice President. Eddie is a 1993 NNU Alum who lives in Yakima, Washington, where he serves as the Chief Operating Officer for The Dolsen Companies. Eddie and his family attend the Yakima West Valley Church of the Nazarene.

Isaiah 43: 19 reminds us that God is often doing new things ~ “Look! I'm doing a new thing; now it sprouts up; don't you recognize it? I'm making a way in the desert, paths in the wilderness.” (Common English Bible) I hope you take the time to read all of the items in this Perspectives, and as you do I invite you to be praying for all of our NNU students. Any of you who are Alums would likely testify to the “new things” that your NNU education instilled in you —and that’s what we are still doing as we provide a Christ-centered education that instills habits of heart, soul, mind, and strength.

Have a blessed Lenten season as you head toward Resurrection Sunday!


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