by Jay Wintermeyer
COLLEGE PLACE, Wash. - In a special meeting held Sunday, July 1, 2012, the Walla Walla University Board of Trustees, with 25 of 29 members present, decided with a two-thirds vote to not approve the recommendation of Dr. Alex Bryan as university president. The board also voted unanimously to express their appreciation for and affirmation of Dr. Bryan’s continuing pastoral leadership and ministry at the WWU Church.
In forward-looking actions, the board approved a motion to ask the Presidential Search Committee to continue the process to recommend additional candidates for the permanent position of president while it seeks to bring a viable candidate for interim president to the board as soon as possible.
Elder Max Torkelsen, North Pacific Union President, said, "Our trustees take their responsibility to the ongoing excellence of our institution very seriously. I’m confident we are proceeding intentionally, yet carefully, seeking what is ultimately the best long-term choice for our university. I urge each of our Northwest members to keep this important process in prayer."
Following the board meeting Sunday, Upper Columbia Conference President, Elder Bob Folkenberg, Jr. said, "I am delighted Elder Bryan will continue to serve as the senior pastor of the Walla Walla University Adventist Church. His dedicated and godly leadership and ministry have been a blessing to all. I'm looking forward to his continued ministry in our conference."
The Walla Walla University Adventist Church is the largest congregation in Upper Columbia Conference with more than 2,400 members.