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Tom Ridington Promoted to Executive Vice President of Marketing, Innovation and New Ventures

St. Davids, PA, August 13, 2013: Eastern University President Robert G. Duffett has announced that M. Thomas Ridington, PhD, is promoted to the Executive Vice President of Marketing, Innovation and New Ventures. Dr. Duffett said, "Tom brings strategic insight, a deliberative, reflective leadership style, and strong relational skills to this critical position."

In his new role, Dr. Ridington will lead, supervise and manage all marketing, admissions, enrollment management and possible new programs. Included in his scope of authority are all these activities for the College of Arts and Sciences, Campolo College for Graduate and Professional Studies, Templeton Honors College, Palmer Seminary and, where appropriate, Esperanza College.

Dr. Ridington said, "Eastern University's history testifies to the power of imaginative thought and innovative action in the service of its distinctive mission. I am excited to work with colleagues and friends to help facilitate strategic responses to opportunities that align with Eastern's commitments to excellent, accessible higher education characterized by faith, reason and justice."

Tom Ridington graduated from both Eastern College and Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer Seminary). He earned his PhD in Curriculum Studies at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. The focus of his research was the development of a framework for evaluating academic programs for NGO (Non-Government Organization) leaders.

For three decades, Tom Ridington has served the University in many capacities, contributing to the advancement and development of Eastern University as Vice President of Development, Director of Foundations and Corporations, Acting Dean of Admissions, and Interim Dean of the International School of Leadership and Development. He served most recently as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer.

Dr. Ridington has consulted with 30 nonprofits and NGOs in matters of fundraising, planning and governance.  He also assisted in the development of many community organizations including Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization (ECHO), Good Works, Inc. and Young Life Liberty Region, among others. He currently serves as the institutional partnerships liaison for Eastern University as an Advisory Council member of Esperanza College, Philadelphia, PA.

Eastern University is a Christian university that enrolls about 4,400 students in its undergraduate, graduate, Seminary, international, urban and professional degree programs. All education at Eastern University is rooted in its core values of faith, reason and justice. Learn more about Academics at Eastern University.

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