Interim president appointed:
John D. Yordy
The Goshen College Board of Director’s Executive Committee
and President’s Council, with the support of Mennonite Education
Agency, have worked together to plan for the college’s presidential
transition following the resignation of President Shirley H. Showalter.
Virgil Miller, chair of the Board, announced that John D. Yordy,
provost and executive vice president since 1997, accepted the invitation
to serve as the college’s interim president, while a search
for a new president takes place.
We are confident that John Yordy, who is a well-respected administrator
and is known for his commitment to the Mennonite Church, will continue
to serve Goshen College well in leading the President’s Council
and, by extension, the entire institution,” said Miller. “There
is excellent support within the President’s Council, which
is a strong group of professionals. This interim leadership structure
will carry the vision of the college forward, addressing issues
and moving ahead in positive ways.”
Showalter named Yordy as provost prior to her inauguration as president.
Yordy’s duties included overseeing and coordinating the offices
of the academic dean and dean of students as well as supervising
the college budget offices and information technology and managing
strategic planning processes. As provost, he also served as
chief executive officer in the absence of the president.
A 1967 Goshen College graduate, Yordy worked as an industry
research chemist and received his doctorate in organic chemistry
from Michigan State University in 1974. He belongs to numerous
state and national academic and scientific organizations. He
is the recipient of a Sears and Roebuck award for excellence in
teaching. Yordy has spent significant time abroad, working for
Mennonite Central Committee and Heifer Project International for
two years in Mexico, and teaching in Nigeria, from 1967 to 1970.
During a teaching sabbatical, he was a visiting professor of chemistry
at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. With his wife, Winnie,
he has led SST units in Honduras and the Dominican Republic. They are parents
of three adult sons, all GC graduates, and are members of College
Yordy, who has served on the faculty since 1977, said, “I
am confident that this leadership team, which had been assembled
by President Showalter, will continue to work collaboratively with
the campus community and constituents in our mutual commitment
to educate students for leadership and service in the church and