Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion has named David Smith academic dean. Smith is currently vice president of academic affairs at Kingswood University in Canada.
May 19, 2015
MARION, Ind. – Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. David F. Smith as Academic Dean, effective August 16, 2015. Dr. Smith is currently the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Kingswood University in Sussex, New Brunswick, Canada. He succeeds the founding Dean of Wesley Seminary at IWU, Dr. Ken Schenck, who served for six years and returns to a full-time ministry of teaching and writing in the School of Theology & Ministry at IWU.
Dr. Smith’s heart for the local church, his passion to equip ministry leaders, and his widely recognized biblical scholarship were enthusiastically affirmed during the search process.
Dr. Smith earned the M.A. in Old Testament and the M.Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary, and the Ph.D. in New Testament Interpretation from the University of Durham. An ordained minister in The Wesleyan Church, he also previously served churches in the Free Methodist and Church of Christ in Christian Union denominations. This appointment marks a return to IWU for Smith, where he previously served as Associate Dean of the School of Theology & Ministry prior to his departure in 2010.
IWU has been offering innovative programs for adults since 1985. Initially available in Marion, Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, Indiana, IWU education centers now exist in all major cities in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, as well as online. Over 10,000 adult students are currently enrolled at IWU. Of those 10,000, over 7,000 study online, enabling many adults who work full or part-time or have other obligations to successfully complete their undergraduate and graduate degrees.