2016-2017 Executive Committee
President: Allen Dunn— Department head and Professor of English at the University of Tennessee.
Vice-President : Fiona Tolhurst, Associate professor of English at Florida Gulf Coast University is the author of two books on medieval Arthurian literature: Geoffrey of Monmouth and the Feminist Origins of the Arthurian Legend, and Geoffrey of Monmouth and the Translation of Female Kingship. Fiona has hosted both a northeast regional meeting and an Annual Meeting for SVHE, and she is Editor of the online, monthly publication FEVER.
Secretary: Julie Phillips – Associate Professor , Sparrow-MSU Family Medicine Residency Program, Assistant Dean for Student and Career and Professional Development, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Treasurer: David Stewart – Assistant Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Religions at California State University, Long Beach and director of the Summer Workshops in College Teaching (SWCT) for SVHE; formerly on faculty of Stanford, U.C. Berkeley, and Southwestern University
Executive Director: Eric Bain-Selbo—Professor and Chair Department of Religion and Philosophy, Western Kentucky University;
Chair: Cathy Bao Bean – Author of The Chopsticks-Fork Principle, A Memoir and Manual, co-author of The Chopsticks-Fork Principle x 2, A Bilingual Reader with Dongdong Chen, and The Course for Cross-Cultural Communication, also with Dongdong Chen. Team Leader of the Summer Workshop for College Teachers
Board of Directors
Amy Berger – Geology Professor, Chair, Department of Biology and Environmental Sciences, Heidelberg University
Paul Swift – Philosophy Professor, Beijing Institute of Technology Zuhai, Bryant University Zuhai
Margie Jones –
Axel Steuer – President Emeritus of Illinois College from which he retired in 2013 and also former President of Gustavus Adolphus College. Axel is currently serving as the Vice Chair of the Board of the Normandie Community College Foundation.
Melanie Howard – Melanie is an Assistant Professor of Biblical and Religious Studies at Fresno Pacific University. Melanie specializes in the area of New Testament studies where her work focuses particularly on the Gospels.
Sylvia McTague –
Stephen Baker – Department Chair and Associate Professor of Psychology, St. Francis University
John Wilsey- Associate Professor of History and Christian Apologetics, Associate Director of the Land Center, Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary.
Finance: David Stewart, Chair
Program 2017: John Wilsey, Chair
Dafu Yang- Director of West China Center for Faculty Development (西部外语教师发展中) is an Honorary Fellow in appreciation of his efforts on behalf of our Summer Workshop for College Teachers in China project
Elizabeth Minnich – has served higher education in different roles at a variety of liberal arts institutions as well as through her writing, speaking, special projects, board memberships, and consulting.
Peter Paris – Princeton Theological Seminary’s Elmer G. Homrighausen Professor of Christian Social Ethics and Liaison with the Princeton University African American Studies Program.
Associate Director: Sandy McAllister– MEd from the University of Massachusetts, BA in English from Boston University
With gratitude, we acknowledge the invaluable leadership of our former presidents:
Pat Barnes-McConnell—Director of Bean/Cowpea CRSP, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.
Joel Cunningham—President, Vice Chancellor and Professor of Mathematics of Sewanee: The University of the South; former President of Susquehanna University; chair of Appalachian College Assoc.
James T. Laney—former U.S. Ambassador to Korea, President of Emory University, and Dean of Candler School of Theology.
John Maguire—President Emeritus of Claremont University Consortium & Graduate University; Director/Senior Fellow, Institute for Democratic Renewal/Project Change, Claremont, CA; President Emeritus, College at Old Westbury, State University of New York.
J. Alfred Martin, Jr.—former professor at Union Theological Seminary.
John Nason—former President of Swarthmore College.
Virginia B. Smith—former Acting President of Mills College; President emerita of Vassar College; Director of the Fund for the Improvement of Post-secondary Education (FIPSE); President of the Board of the Educational Testing Service.
Robert A. Spivey- Senior Associate and Ombudsman for The Florida State University Foundation; former President of Randolph Macon Woman’s College and the VA Foundation for Independent Colleges.
Jon Wiant— Senior Visiting Fellow with the Intelligence and Security Academy, and a consultant with the Institute for Excellence in Public Leadership; Adjunct Professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University; decorated with the Distinguished Service Medal from Porter Good of the CIA, and the Career Achievement Award from Secretary Colin Powell; and commands an army of more than 6000 toy soldiers.