Search continues for new WWU president

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COLLEGE PLACE -- Walla Walla University is continuing its search for a new university president.

The WWU Board of Trustees voted during a special meeting July 1 to continue the search for a new president. Vice President for Financial Administration Steve Rose will serve as acting president of the university while the search continues.

The Board of Trustees made its decision during a special meeting at the offices of the North Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in Ridgefield, Wash. The trustees rejected a recommendation made by the WWU Presidential Search Committee to select Alex Bryan as WWU's 24th president. Bryan is senior pastor of the WWU Church, and will continue.

In January, outgoing President John McVay said he would step down effective July 1 to return to teaching. McVay will serve as professor of theology specializing in New Testament studies.

The search committee was formed soon after McVay's announcement, and the committee made its recommendation to the WWU Board of Trustees last month.

The committee will reconvene later this month to determine a timeline.

Maria P. Gonzalez can be reached at mariagonzalez@wwub.com or 526-8317.

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