Ivan Filby, currently the dean of PLNU’s Fermanian School of Business will leave PLNU to accept a position as president of Greenville College, Illinois, beginning July 1, 2013. Before coming to PLNU, Filby served as professor and chair of the management department at Greenville College from 2005-12.
While obviously excited about his new role, Filby said that it is hard to leave PLNU.
“PLNU is an amazing institution and I am so proud to have spent a year here,” he said. “And, I certainly will be no stranger to PLNU over the coming years as my daughter begins as a freshman in the fall.”
During his 12 months as dean, the Fermanian School of Business has made some important changes. It introduced new undergraduate majors in economics, finance, and marketing; a new minor in finance; and a new 5th year MBA program.
Filby noted that he expects it will still be “full steam ahead” in the business school. “The Fermanian School of Business will stay true to its mission of preparing future business leaders who, literally not figuratively, are called to change the world.”
“Christian higher education institutions like PLNU and Greenville College play a unique role in our educational landscape,” said Filby. “Christian universities with strong majors and a stretching liberal arts core are very effective at preparing students to think critically, solve complex problems creatively and communicate clearly – skills that are so desperately needed in today’s and tomorrow’s world of work. More than that, a Christ-centered education helps students prepare for all of their lives, not just the time that they spend at work.”
With Filby's departure, Provost Kerry Fulcher announced that Dr. Ken Armstrong, who served as interim dean in the Fermanian School of Business during the 2011-12 academic year, will be rejoining PLNU to take over the reins again as interim dean for the 2013-14 academic year.
“It will be an almost seamless transition a much of what we have accomplished this year was initiated by Ken during his time as dean," said Filby.
In the past, Armstrong also served as dean of the School of Business at Anderson University in Indiana and as interim dean during important transitions at George Fox University and Eastern Nazarene College. Fulcher indicated he was pleased that Armstrong “is willing to provide another year of excellent leadership as we search for Dr. Filby's replacement.”
“We are grateful for the excellent leadership that Ivan has given us over this past year and we wish him well as he takes on the new challenge of leadership as the President of Greenville College," said Fulcher.
The PLNU accounting program continues to be among the very best in California. Recent CPA test results ranked PLNU second in California in both CPA pass rate and average test scores. The Fermanian Business & Economic Institute continues to be one of the premier business and economic consulting centers in the state while the Center for International Development effectively prepares students to use their business skills to serve “the least of these” throughout the world.