Eastern Nazarene College announced a reorganization of its top leadership that includes the creation of two new cabinet positions: provost and vice president of spiritual development.
With the reorganization, Vice President for Enrollment and Institutional Research Timothy Wooster will assume the newly created position of Provost and Dean of the College. Wooster will serve as the chief academic officer responsible for traditional undergraduate programs as well as adult and graduate studies, while maintaining oversight of enrollment and institutional research.
“One of the centerpieces of our vision for ENC is to fully integrate and coordinate the student experience,” said President Corlis McGee, who noted that the reorganization was formally approved Saturday at the semi-annual meeting of the college’s board of trustees. “Using a provost model – where academics, enrollment, student development and spiritual development are coordinated under one administrative position – moves ENC closer to that model, enabling us to more purposefully coordinate all areas of student life.”
To that end, Corey MacPherson, director of spiritual development and chaplain, will assume the new position of vice president of spiritual development and church relations, overseeing the campus’s spiritual life as well as relationships with the regional Nazarene churches. MacPherson will continue as chaplain of the college.
McGee said the reorganization was prompted by the decision of current Vice President of Academic Affairs Nancy Ross to return to teaching at the conclusion of the current academic year after four years of service as academic dean. In addition, Vice President for Institutional Advancement Kendall Whittington recently announced his decision to leave his position as of June 30 for personal reasons. ENC has begun the process of selecting a replacement.
“These recent transitions presented an opportunity to strategically restructure the cabinet positions to capitalize on the gifts and areas of expertise of the current cabinet members in order to better serve our students,” McGee said. “Consolidating enrollment and academic affairs into the new provost position will also create efficiencies, reducing the number of cabinet-level positions by one.”
Wooster, a 1986 graduate of ENC, received a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of North Carolina before completing post-doctoral research at the University of Vermont. He taught chemistry for 10 years at Pennsylvania’s Westminster College, serving as chair of the Chemistry Department for four years. Wooster joined the ENC faculty in 2003 and served as both a professor of chemistry and associate dean for academic affairs before being named vice president for enrollment and institutional research in 2008.
“Timothy has demonstrated a commitment to excellence in the liberal arts and faith-centered education,” McGee said. “He brings a wealth of energy and excitement to the provost position, combined with superior skills and a breadth of knowledge.”
MacPherson, also an ENC alumnus, graduated from the college in 1996 with a BA in Business Administration. He earned a Master of Divinity in 2000 from Nazarene Theological Seminary and completed a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2009. Before returning to ENC in 2008 to serve as director of spiritual development and chaplain, he served as pastor at Setauket, New York’s North Shore Church of the Nazarene, which he and his wife began in 2000.
“Corey’s authentic love and passion for the spiritual growth and well being of ENC’s students, faculty and staff have been evident in his interactions, both on campus and across the region,” McGee said. “He has a broad vision for all cultures and classes, and is a leader in challenging the campus community to go deeper in our relationship with Christ and our understanding of reconciliation and justice.”