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Provost candidate meets campus leaders

David Nystrom, candidate for Biola’s provost and senior vice president position, met with campus leaders Thursday during his visit of the school. The 16 leaders in attendance included President Barry Corey, AS President Lizzie Neely, and several deans from different departments.

“The process of finding a new provost has truly been ordained,” Corey said at the meeting.

After a year-long search for Biola’s next provost that located about 150 applicants, Corey announced Nystrom’s candidacy last month.

“Nystrom is open, honest, humble, and interesting,” said Bruce Narramore, a psychology professor who co-chaired the search committee with Corey. “Barry and David will be a great complement to each other.”

Nystrom’s vision for Biola

Nystrom said his goals for Biola would revolve around how to practically apply Biola’s mission statement over the next 10 to 15 years.

Nystrom also commented on trends in higher education.

“Technology and what it allows us to do plays a large role in higher education,” Nystrom said at the meeting. “[One trend is] the ability to expand more professional education (i.e. nursing, business, sciences). And the cost of it will rise, which means we need to find more funds to allow for growth.”

Nystrom successfully found such funds in his previous work at William Jessup University in Rocklin, Calif., where he taught as an adjunct and served as the academic dean. During his four years at WJU, the school dropped the price of tuition - one of only two schools in the country to do so.

Nystrom said his main contribution at WJU involved influencing people to give money to the school.

“I gave people a sense of what the future should be, confidence in the future, how to accomplish the future, and the patience to get there,” Nystrom said.

Nystrom brings his experience with diversity and multiculturalism to the position as well. He has lived in Sweden, spent time in Greece and Turkey, and lived in a diverse neighborhood of Chicago with his family. He has also cultivated friendships with people of different nationalities when he lived in San Francisco.

Nystrom’s qualifications and history

Nystrom grew up in Northern California the youngest of three and attended a conservative church. He spent five years as an associate high school pastor before becoming an associate college pastor. Nystrom attended Fuller Seminary and received his B.A. and Ph.D at the University of California Davis. He taught at North Park University and Theological Seminary in Chicago for 12 years as the chair of biblical and theological studies and the director of the Institute for Christian Studies.

Nystrom was one of two candidates interviewed for the provost position. He did not seek out the position originally, but made a strong impression on Corey after meeting with him in December.

The provost search committee contacted several references, all of which confidently supported Nystrom. He has also been endorsed by Talbot deans Dr. Dennis Dirks and Dr. Michael Wilkins. If Biola offers the provost position to Nystrom and he accepts, he will assume the role later this summer.

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  1. Frank Schattner

    David, this is an email I just wrote.
    Thelma, Thank you for getting back to me about this problem. Regarding your question as to why you quoted me $501/unit, my only response is, i have no idea. I had no reason to question your knowledge when we spoke especially after I said that I thought my fee would be $981/unit to which you responded no, that was not the case. I repeated the numbers for clarification to make absolutely sure. Your response was a confirmation that surely my tuition was $501/unit pus an 1/3 discount which would leave a bill of $1670.00 In your email here, you are correct in stating that a mistake has been made. Why you made the statements you did regarding my fees, I can't tell you. Now the question is, how will this be resolved and who will be responsible to cover the mistake. BTW, as another reminder, I had called you about my fees after you were having conversations with Indra about my graduation date. She was confirming my requirements with Steffen as graduating as DMiss.
    Regarding the discount you're mentioning in this email, thank you very much. I'm very grateful. When will the business office have that information?
    Thanks and God bless,
    Frank January 3, 2013

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