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Covenant College Selects Dr. J. Derek Halvorson '93 as Sixth President

Derek Halvorson


On behalf of the Covenant College Board of Trustees, Chairman Martin A. Moore announced the selection of Dr. J. Derek Halvorson as the sixth president of Covenant College.  Dr. Halvorson’s tenure will begin on July 1, 2012. 


“The unanimous vote by the Board of Trustees evidences our strongly-held belief that Dr. Halvorson will provide the godly leadership needed to further advance the College’s mission of exploring and expressing the preeminence of Jesus Christ in all things,” stated Mr. Moore.


Dr. Halvorson is the president of Providence Christian College in Pasadena, California. In addition to his current executive position, he brings experience in fundraising and constituent relations from his previous roles at Covenant, and experience in teaching at the university level and in the financial markets. He has been ordained as a ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), and he must pass a theological exam administered by the PCA prior to his inauguration.


After graduating cum laude from Covenant in 1993 with a bachelor of arts in history, Dr. Halvorson earned a master of arts from the University of Arizona and a doctorate of philosophy from Loyola University Chicago—both in history. He and his wife, Wendy, are the parents of a son and a daughter.


In addition to selecting the sixth president, the Board of Trustees today unanimously voted to sign a letter of intent with Providence Christian College, expressing Covenant’s intent to acquire Providence.


“We believe this sister institution—a small, Reformed, residential liberal arts college on the West Coast—is a remarkable fit with Covenant’s mission and purpose and offers an opportunity for Covenant to extend the reach of its mission,” says Mr. Moore. “In consultation with key constituencies, including the faculty, we will with due diligence pursue the acquisition and operation of Providence Christian College.


“We are thankful for God’s faithful and generous blessings upon Covenant College since its founding in 1955 in Pasadena, California, and we look forward to continuing to advance Covenant’s founding mission under Dr. Halvorson’s leadership in this new chapter in the life of the College.”