University president will leave position he has held since 1995
North Central University President Gordon Anderson announced his plan to retire effective June 1, 2017, during chapel on Jan. 19. Anderson, who holds a doctorate in ancient studies and a master’s in history, notified the board of regents in December that he would retire.
“President Anderson has been quietly initiating conversations with the Executive Committee of the Regents, prayerfully anticipating transition at North Central University at a time to be determined,” said Ron Bontrager, chairmen of the board of regents, in an email sent to North Central students, staff and faculty. “He has announced his transition now in order to give the board plenty of notice, assure an effective transition of leadership and to maintain institutional momentum.”
Anderson said that he will continue to lead and implement planning processes during the period of transition. An emotional Anderson concluded by saying that he was honored to have been a part of North Central’s leadership.
The search for a new president is already underway. A transition committee has been established and will begin meeting at the end of February. These meetings will continue into the fall of 2016. The executive committee has contracted CarterBaldwin Executive Search, based in Atlanta, Georgia, to help conduct the search.
Anderson, who was ordained by the Assemblies of God in 1973, has served as the executive pastor at Chapel of the Plains Assembly of God in Stoneham, Colorado. He also pastored at Life Center Assembly of God in Portland, Oregon from 1974 to 1982. Anderson came to North Central as faculty member in 1982 and was inaugurated as the sixth president of the university on Oct. 27, 1995.
Anderson’s impact has reached beyond North Central. He has served as a member of the Assemblies of God National Commission of Doctrinal Purity, the Alliance for Assemblies of God Higher Education, and the Assemblies of God Executive Presbytery. Anderson is considered an authority on Pentecostal doctrine, having written and published several books and articles on the subject.
In his chapel announcement, Anderson said that North Central “is strong, stable and its future is promising.”
Further announcements regarding the presidential search and how to recognize the Andersons, will be released by the university at a later time.