On Thursday, October 15th, Vanguard University formally commissioned their new provost, Dr. Jeff Hittenberger, at a University chapel. Dr. Hittenberger was formally introduced to the University community, charged, presented with an academic medallion and received a prayer of dedication from University leaders including President Carol Taylor.
"My central commitment as provost is to assure that through all its academic endeavors, Vanguard University fulfills its educational mission in a way that integrates faith, learning, and life, equipping students to be Christ-centered world changers and servant leaders in their professions, in their churches, and in the communities they serve," says provost and vice president for academic affairs, Dr. Jeff Hittenberger.
Dr. Hittenberger, who has a rich history with the Assemblies of God, comes to VU from Evangel University where he had been serving as the director of graduate programs and professor of education. He holds a PhD in educational planning, policy and administration and an MS in education - both from the University of Southern California. Prior to his position at Evangel, Hittenberger held positions as the assistant provost for planning and accreditation, director of the graduate programs in education and professor of education at Vanguard. He has also served as the administrator of curriculum and instruction for the Monterey County office of education, has administrative experience in both public education and universities, and has conducted USAID-funded projects in Cameroon and Mali.
Hittenberger grew up in Haiti, the son of Assemblies of God missionaries, and is fluent in French and Haitian Creole. He spent a year at l'Universite Mohamed V in Rabat, Morocco, worked on research projects in South Africa and is deeply committed to academic excellence in Christian higher education. He comes to VU with a strong sense of calling to join our efforts to rebuild Vanguard.
The provost/vice president for academic affairs (provost/VPAA) functions as the chief academic officer (CAO) of the university. The provost/VPAA provides vision and leadership for all academic services and programs of the University, including the College of Arts and Sciences, all graduate and professional studies programs, the registrar's office, the library, and the athletics department. The provost reports to the president, is a member of the President's Cabinet, and works collaboratively with the other vice presidents. The CAO serves as the accreditation liaison officer (ALO) with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and also oversees the licensure and accreditation of other professional accreditation agencies.
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