On July 1, 2016, Christon Arthur began serving as the provost of Andrews University following his election to the position by the Andrews University Board of Trustees on May 11, 2016.
Prior to becoming provost-elect, Arthur has served as dean of the Andrews University School of Graduate Studies & Research since 2010. In addition to that role, he has also served as associate provost, with responsibilities for faculty policy and faculty development, since 2012.
Prior to coming to Andrews University, Arthur served as an associate dean and associate professor within the College of Education at Tennessee State University (Nashville), and also as an acting and interim department head of education administration there. In addition, Arthur has worked as an elementary and secondary teacher, and as department head of arts and general studies in Grenada. He holds a bachelor’s degree in theology from University of the Southern Caribbean (Trinidad & Tobago), and MA, EdS and PhD degrees in education from Andrews University, and has completed postgraduate training at Harvard University’s Institute for Management and Leadership in Education.
“I am honored to have this opportunity to continue to build on Andrews University’s legacy,” says Arthur. “I see the role of the provost as giving one’s best advice to the president, and providing academic leadership to help ensure that academic programs and processes are known for their excellence and academic rigor. That excellence and rigor needs to be carried out in every dimension of our University. We must also constantly grow and change if we are to be current; and be innovative and creative if we are to be ahead of the curve or ride the next academic wave in higher education. We grow and change and innovate because we recognize that an Andrews education is a whole-person endeavor that needs to add value to every dimension of students’ lives—body, mind and spirit—within the classrooms, but also where they pray, live and play.
“I also look forward to understanding and building on the strength of our ethnic, cultural and global diversity—which is a work in progress offering unparalleled opportunities for our students to understand and thrive in the diverse and changing environment of the world. Finally, I believe that it’s always been true that excellent Adventist Christian education is redemptive. As a result, what Andrews offers is the most effective methodology for redeeming and transforming each student for God’s kingdom.”