Connecting In The Classroom – SNU Leaders Invest in Students
Stepping into the classroom this semester is SNU’s President, Dr. Keith Newman, along with several members of the Senior Leadership Team. Adding teaching assignments to schedules already filled with administrative duties, these LiveLast leaders are committed to investing time in the classroom and being good stewards of the university’s resources.
One of the benefits of the commitment, according to Dr. Newman, is the connection with students. He said, “I love spending time with our students whether in the cafeteria, at ballgames or in the classroom – it’s one of my favorite things to do; hearing their stories and cheering them on.”
Other campus leaders who are currently teaching in various departments, in an addition to their assigned duties, include Campus Pastor, Dr. Blair Spindle, and Dr. Melany Kyzer, who currently serves as Provost and Chief Academic Officer. Joining them in this initiative is Dr. Lena Crouso, Vice President for Intercultural Learning and Engagement, and Dr. Mike Redwine, SNU’s Executive Vice President. Other administrators, such as Dr. Terry Toler, Vice President for Church Relations, will be taking on a teaching assignment in the Spring semester.
Dr. Newman’s love for the New Testament led him to teach a section of the New Testament Literature and Life class. Dr. Jim Fitzgerald, Chair of the School of Theology and Ministry, said, “This class, being one of our General Education required courses, is a great way for Dr. Newman to connect with a good cross-section of our student body. We are grateful to have him partnering with us and it’s a great experience for our students to have a one-on-one connection with the president of our university.”
Dr. Fitzgerald concluded, “While it is an incredible commitment by Dr. Newman in the midst of his travel and other duties, we believe we all will reap great benefits from it!”