Eastern University Names Dr. Keith Iddings Provost
St. Davids, PA, April 6, 2014: Eastern University is pleased to announce that Dr. R. Keith Iddings has been named Provost. He will assume this new role on July 1. Dr. Iddings currently serves as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Southern Wesleyan University in Central, South Carolina, a position he has held for the past nine years.
He previously served as Vice President and Dean of Adult and Graduate Studies. He has also worked at Indiana Wesleyan University and Trinity International University in various capacities of leadership, including as a faculty member, Associate Dean, and Dean.
Throughout his two decades in Christian higher education, Dr. Iddings has written and taught numerous theological and business oriented courses. He was ordained in 1983 as a Minister of the American Baptist Church. Raised in an evangelical Baptist Church, Dr. Iddings served as the Minister of Christian Education at Bethel Baptist Church in Bethel, Ohio for three years. His commitment to advancing the Kingdom was exemplified through his service as a Missionary/Church Planter for OMS International in Manila, Philippines.
Dr. Iddings has a connection to Eastern that goes back to Eastern University Board Member Dr. John Sundquist, who presided over his ordination. Dr. Iddings is also ordained in The Wesleyan Church in South Carolina. He has a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in adult education from the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Iddings founded the Christian Adult Higher Education Association (CAHEA), in which Eastern has formerly participated.
Dr. Iddings said, "I am thrilled and honored to be offered the opportunity to be a part of the Eastern team. The institution has a long history of both commitment to Christ and leadership in Christian higher education. I am excited about being a part of what you’re doing in the Philadelphia area and around the world.”
Dr. Robert Duffett, President of Eastern University, said, "I would like to express my gratitude to the Search Committee for administering an excellent search which yielded the exact results we were after. In particular, I want to acknowledge the efforts of Steve Boyer and Wendy Mercier who served as Co-Chairs of the Committee." Dr. Duffett continued, "I also want to recognize the great job Dr. Kent Sparks has done as Interim Provost. He served us diligently at a time when we needed a strong leader to help us bridge the gap. His work was invaluable."
Eastern University is a Philadelphia Christian university of the arts and sciences located in the western suburbs of Philadelphia at 1300 Eagle Road in St. Davids, PA. Eastern enrolls approximately 4,300 students in its undergraduate, graduate, professional, urban, Seminary and international programs. Its core values of faith, reason and justice are woven into all of its educational programs.