Last week the Board of Trustees of Mt. Vernon Nazarene University, in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, elected Henry Spaulding PhD, to serve as interim president, effective July 1, 2012. Spaulding, who is Mt. Vernon’s provost, will work with Daniel J. Martin, Mt. Vernon’s president, who resigned to accept the presidency of Seattle Pacific University.
Spaulding, a 1974 graduate of Trevecca, earned the M. Div. from Nazarene Theological Seminary (NTS) and the PhD from Florida State University. His service to the Church of the Nazarene has included time in pastoral ministry in local churches, as a faculty member at Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Mass., as a faculty and administrator at Trevecca, and as a faculty member at NTS before accepting the position of provost at Mt. Vernon.
Spaulding taught at Trevecca from 1995 to 2007 as professor of theology and philosophy. He also served as dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and as director of the Graduate Religion Program.
In the announcement of his new role at Mt. Vernon, the university said, “The Board of Trustees has great confidence in Dr. Spaulding and knows he will provide the needed leadership and continuity the University needs during this time. It is expected the daily life and mission of the University will continue to be pursued and fulfilled during these days. We are fortunate to have someone of Dr. Spaulding’s stature and abilities to assume this key leadership role.”
Spaulding and his wife, Sharon, have three adult children.