Ken Shaw to Become Southern’s 27th President
The Southern Adventist University Board of Trustees voted unanimously on February 28, 2021, for Ken Shaw, Ed.D., to become the 27th president of the University. He will assume office on June 1.
Shaw graduated from Southern in 1980 with a bachelor of arts in mathematics, and will be the University’s first alum to return as president. His wife, Ann, and their two children also earned degrees at Southern.
“Ann and I cherish our memories from Southern,” Shaw said. “Returning to campus is like coming home for us, and we’re delighted to be part of this institution. I really admire that Southern is still fundamentally centered on its mission and on the core values that the institution has been about for 129 years.”
For the past seven years, Shaw has served as president of Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, Tex. Previously, he worked at Florida State University for 25 years in various capacities, from assistant professor of mathematics education, to campus dean of Florida State University Panama City, and academic dean of the College of Applied Studies. His track record as a leader in higher education includes increasing enrollment, establishing new academic programs, and improving institutional financial stability.
“I am pleased that Dr. Ken Shaw has accepted our invitation to be the next president of Southern Adventist University,” said Ron Smith, D.Min., Ph.D., chairman of Southern’s Board of Trustees and president of the Southern Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. “We thank the Lord for His providential leading.”
Shaw will succeed David Smith, Ph.D., who announced in October 2020 that he will retire at the end of May after five years as president and 22 years of total service at Southern Adventist University.
Southern Adventist University | May 2021