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New Academic Dean, Distance Learning Director, and Registrar
Posted 06/27/2014 06:46PM

New Academic Dean:

Dr. Steven Beardsley has been appointed as the new academic dean of UGST, effective June 1, 2014. Dr. Daniel Segraves has stepped down for health reasons.  Dr. Beardsley has been a faculty member since the beginning of the school and is associate professor of Biblical Studies. 

He will continue to serve as senior pastor of Newark UPC in Newark, DE, but has hired an executive assistant, Lela Cooper, to help him in both roles. During each semester he will typically be on campus every other week while fulfilling some responsibilities by email and video conferencing. He will continue to teach two or three classes per year. 

New UGST Distance Learning Director

After an extensive search, we have chosen to hire our new UGST DL Director internally. Vinessa D’Sa has accepted the position and will be transferring from the Registrar’s Office to this new position beginning July 1, 2014.  As many already know she is a graduate of both Gateway and UGST and brings a great knowledge of both institutions to her new position.  We welcome her into this new role. 

New Registrar:

Dr. Jeanie Bland has accepted the position of both Registrar (UC/UGST) and Program Director for General Education.  Dr. Bland comes highly qualified for both positions.  She is the former Academic Dean of Gateway College of Evangelism and a current adjunct professor of general education for Urshan College.  She has a Ed.D. in School Leadership and a Masters in Secondary Education and has many years of commitment to higher education.  Her first day will be June 23, 2014.

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