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McVay Announces Return to Teaching
John McVay, Walla Walla University (WWU) president, plans to resign effective July 1 so he can return to the classroom.
"It has been an honor to serve as president of Walla Walla University," he says. "The work has stretched and blessed both me and my wife, Pam. We are grateful for the partnership of such an able and committed leadership team, as well as the support of the wider community of faculty, staff and students."
McVay and his family will continue to reside in College Place, Wash., where he will serve as WWU theology professor, specializing in New Testament studies. "The opportunity to join the excellent team of professors in the School of Theology is energizing for me," he says. "I look forward to serving WWU students as teacher, mentor and friend."
McVay became the university's 23rd president in 2006, when his first task was supervising the institution's name change from Walla Walla College to Walla Walla University. He led strategic planning efforts for the university, earning a commendation from accrediting organizations, and instituted long-range budget planning processes. Under his guidance, the university welcomed its largest freshman class in 17 years for the current school year and yielded the highest freshman-to-sophomore retention rate in university history.