Deans Named for Colleges and Institute

Date: July 11, 2011 - 10:56am
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Minneapolis, MN -During the 2011 spring semester, North Central University announced the formation of four new Colleges and an Institute within the University to better support its program offerings and continued program growth. A process to select Deans commenced and involved seeking input from various audiences. North Central is excited to announce the Deans of each College & Institute.

College of Arts and Sciences- Dr. Daniel Nelson

A faculty member since 1989, Dan Nelson is a multiple year recipient of Who's Who Among America's Teachers, advises Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology, and chairs the department of Social & Behavioral Sciences at NCU. Dan has also held several adjunct professor positions at other Twin Cities schools such as Bethel University and Northwestern College. Dan serves on the peer review corps for the Higher Learning Comission, and is a consultant with the American Psychological Association's Department Consulting Service. Read More

College of Missions- Dr. Gordon Anderson*

Audiences are continually challenged and encouraged through the ministry, preaching, and leadership of Dr. Anderson. His speaking style delivers poignant truth with content-based teaching and practical application. His messages are a reflection of his dedication to the truth.

In 2010, North Central University celebrated the 15th anniversary of Dr. Gordon Anderson’s presidency. Anderson’s professional experience includes fourteen years of pastoral leadership and more than 28 years as a college professor and administrator. Read More

*Interim Dean

College of Ministry- Dr. Tracy Paino

Dr. Paino is a believer in the value of intentional leadership and relational ministry. He has been a youth pastor, church planter, lead pastor, college professor, basketball coach, rock-climbing guide, and motivational speaker. He has spoken for churches, conferences, camps, Fortune 500 companies, schools, school districts, small groups, and large assemblies.

After serving as a youth pastor for the first 10 years of his ministry in Indiana and Ohio, Dr. Paino became a church planter and pastor. He has been an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God since 1986 and came to North Central University in 1996 to be the youth ministry specialist. Most recently, he has served as the Executive Chair of the Departments of Church Leadership, chair of the Student Ministries Department, Co-Founder of the Center for Youth and Leadership, and Full Professor. Read More

Institute for Biblical & Theological Studies- Dr. Glen Menzies

Dr. Menzies served as the department chair of Bible and Theology (2005-2011) before being named Dean of the Institute for Biblical and Theological Studies. Dr. Menzies has been part of the North Central University faculty since 1990, and is a member of the North American Patristic Society, the Society for Pentecostal Studies, and Society of Biblical Literature.

In 2009 Dr. Menzies was the recipient of the Assemblies of God Delta Alpha Distinguished Educator Award. Dr. Menzies organized and led North Central University's "Pentecostal Issues Seminar" (1998-2006) and "The Laboratory," a forum for discussion of church issues by pastors and professors (2008-Present). Read More

College of Fine Arts- Larry Bach

Larry Bach, in his thirtieth year at North Central University, currently serves as the Artistic Director for the University. Under his vision and leadership, the Fine Arts department has grown from 30 to 200 students. Bach conducts the Chorale, the University’s premiere choir, and teaches conducting classes. The Chorale has completed 15 overseas tours, performed multiple times for the American Choral Association and has performed at Carnegie Hall.

Other awards and honors that Bach has received are: “Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities,” “Who’s Who in the Arts,” and “International Distinguished Young Leadership Award,” and “Teacher of the Year 2005” by the Assemblies of God Commission on Higher Education. Read More