Jim L. Bond, General Superintendent, Church of the Nazarene to speak at Winter Commencement

     Dr. Jim L. Bond, General Superintendent Emeritus for the Church of the Nazarene will be the speaker at the Southern Nazarene University (SNU) Winter Commencement 2009.  The Commencement ceremonies are held on the campus of SNU in the Sawyer Center on Saturday, December 12, at 2:00 p.m.  

Dr. Jim L. Bond is a general superintendent emeritus in the Church of the Nazarene. He was elected at the 24th General Assembly in San Antonio, Texas in June 1997 and served for eight years before retirement.  

He came into this office from the presidency of Point Loma Nazarene University, a position he held for 14 years. Under Dr. Bond’s leadership, a campus master plan was developed and several major construction projects were completed. Additionally, new enrollment records were set, growth and quality enhancements in academic offerings enabled the school to gain national recognition in some areas, and an innovative and highly effective spiritual development program for students was instituted. He served on several national and California higher education boards. 

Dr. Bond earned the bachelor of arts degree from Pasadena College (now Point Loma Nazarene University), the master of divinity degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary, and the doctor of ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is also recipient of three honorary degrees including the doctor of divinity from Southern Nazarene University.  

He has an extensive and rich background of service to the Church of the Nazarene. He pastored churches for seventeen years, was a missionary to Brazil for a time, and was chaplain and professor of practical theology at Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs. He served on numerous district boards, the general board of the Church of the Nazarene, and was general president of Nazarene Youth International. 

Dr. Bond went to Pasadena College as an all-American high school basketball player from Pampa, Texas. He was later named to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics all-American team. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers to play professional basketball but declined this offer so that he could prepare for ministry at Nazarene Theological Seminary. In recent years he has been inducted into five halls of fame including the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame and the National High School Athletic Hall of Fame. 

Dr. Bond is married to the former Sally Whitcanack. They have two married children and seven grandchildren. 

For a full detailed list of Commencement Activities, visit the SNU web site at www.snu.edu/academics and select the Commencement Home tab or click here.  You may contact the SNU Office of Academic Affairs by calling 405-491-6304.

The SNU 2009 Winter Nursing Ceremony will be held on Saturday, December 12, at 10:00 a.m., in Herrick Auditorium.  For more information on the Nursing Ceremony, e-mail Carol Dorough, EdD,RN,CNE at cdorough@snu.edu or call The Professional and Graduate Studies, School of Nursing at 405.491.6365.