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Presidential Transition

Presidential Transition

Western Seminary Begins Search for New President and Selects The Dingman Company to Assist with Search

May 1, 2020

As previously reported by Western Seminary board chair, Dr. Scott Reavely, our current president, Dr. Randy Roberts, announced that he will retire on Dec. 31, 2020. The board of trustees has formed a presidential search committee comprising Dr. Reavely, three current board members and one former board member. The search committee, with the approval of the board of trustees, has selected The Dingman Company, one of the nation’s leading professional recruiting firms, to assist in the search for our next president.

The presidential search process will be led by Mr. Bruce Dingman and Dr. David Gyertson. Mr. Dingman is a proven leader in executive recruitment and has conducted 18 presidential searches for evangelical seminaries, colleges and universities. Dr. Gyertson has served as president of Asbury University and Taylor University and is member of the board of trustees of Biola University. Mr. Dingman and Dr. Gyertson have teamed together on numerous presidential searches, most recently at Dallas Theological Seminary, Moody Bible Institute, ECFA and the Association for Biblical Higher Education.

Mr. Dingman and Dr. Gyertson have met recently with the presidential search committee and will be engaging in discussions with other internal stakeholders (alumni, faculty, staff and students) to gather pertinent information regarding the search. We expect interviews of candidates to begin in September and be narrowed to a few finalists by mid-November. Notwithstanding the limitations that we may encounter as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the goal is to be able to present a final candidate for vote to the board of trustees at the January 2021 board meeting.

In the coming weeks an opportunity profile for prospective candidates will be available on our website as part of the presidential transition page. If you would like to recommend a candidate for consideration as our next president, please email Mr. Dingman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Dr. Dave Gyertson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or myself at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We humbly ask for your prayers for the board of trustees, the presidential search committee and The Dingman Company, that the Lord will provide us with the wisdom and discernment to carry out His will in the selection of the next president of Western Seminary.

Mark Moosa,
Search Committee Chair

A Message from Dr. Scott Reavely, Board Chair

February 11, 2020

For the past 12 years, Western Seminary has enjoyed the steady gospel-centered leadership of Dr. Randy Roberts. He recently informed the Board of Trustees that his time as President of Western Seminary will conclude at the end of 2020. The Board of Trustees is extremely grateful for his competent and distinguished service as Western’s president.

Randy asked that the following personal message to you be included in this formal announcement:

Dear friends of Western Seminary:

At its recent meeting, I notified our trustees of my desire to end my service as president of Western Seminary at the close of this calendar year.

The reasons for this decision are manifold: put most simply, the combination of health factors, the progressive wear-and-tear that often accompanies well over three decades of service in senior administrative roles, and a general sense that this might be a good season for Western to have the benefit of a new leader’s gifts, fresh vision and energy, etc.

These kinds of transitions typically take at least a year from search to installation, which explains the aforementioned timetable—and I am happy to stay in place until this process fully plays out. That means staying fully engaged with my normal presidential duties throughout the year, while also seeking to finish well and prepare wisely for a smooth leadership transition.

By God’s grace, we are in a good place as a Seminary, which also makes this an opportune time for such a change.

I know you will join me in praying that the board will identify the right individual who can build upon our recent progress and enhance even further Western’s impact and sustainability in the days to come. As a valued member of the Western Seminary community, I wanted to let you know about my decision early in the process along with the rationale behind it.

Thanks for your support of Western Seminary!

Randy Roberts, DMin
President

As Randy mentioned, he has served Western Seminary for almost 40 years in various capacities. He is one of the longest-serving presidents of an evangelical seminary in North America; he’s already served twice the national average.

In addition to closing his presidency well and creating a smooth transition for his successor, Randy has indicated his openness to maintaining an ongoing relationship with Western, possibly by teaching or working on projects.

Western Seminary has nearly a hundred years of gospel fidelity. We are anticipating the highest number of credit hours in school history this fall. We are coming off a series of solid financial years. The future is, indeed, bright.

The Board of Trustees is in the process of assembling a Search Committee and will be receiving applications soon. Check back on this page for further updates in the future.

We look back with gratitude and forward with anticipation to what God has in store for Western Seminary. Please join us as we pray for a strong and healthy transition for Randy and his wife, Susan, and for the board as we search for the next president of Western.

Humbly,

Scott ReavelyDr. Scott Reavely
Board Chair, Western Seminary