Jason Bibb Named PAA Principal
Just days before 2018 began, Jason Bibb accepted the offer to officially lead Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) in Portland, Ore., as principal.
Following a series of interviews with the PAA staff, students and local church pastors, the PAA board met and voted unanimously in support of Bibb's leadership as principal.
The leadership transition was smooth as Bibb had already been serving as interim principal since August and served as vice principal of finance for more than four years.
Dan Nicola, Oregon Conference education associate superintendent, wrote that “after Bibb’s excellent leadership thus far, the board is confident in his ability to guide PAA into the future and bring the school closer to the ideal that God has to minister to Portland youth.”
“Mr. Bibb shared with the board that his greatest desire for PAA is that it be a place where students meet Jesus in every aspect of school life,” says Nicola. “He casts a vision for academic excellence, authentic relationships, and a strong sense of ‘family’ among staff and students.”
The PAA community embraces Bibb. “Recently I had an appointment with Jason,” says Stephen Lundquist, PAA religion teacher, “and when I arrived I could barely push through the door because his office was so full of students. They didn't have to be there. Rather, they wanted to be there. They wanted to go to the principal's office. I have complete confidence in the future of our school knowing that we have that kind of a leader.”
“I was hoping Mr. Bibb would end up as our permanent principal,” says PAA senior John Danilich. “He treats every student with respect and care. He’s humble, patient and enthusiastic. He really lives out our Christ-centered, character-driven motto.”