John Willoughby, Ph.D.

Professor John Willoughby, Ph.D.

Born in July in the cool mountain village of Burmanna, Lebanon, Dr. John Willoughby celebrated half of his first fourteen birthdays in the summer heat of Mosul, Iraq, for where his parents were Presbyterian missionaries. Kindergarten was in Princeton, New Jersey while his parents were on furlough. Elementary school was in boarding schools sometimes in Kodaikanal, India, and other times in Beirut, Lebanon. He graduated from high school in Ottawa, Ohio, when his parents were in the second year of their next furlough. Attending on a Rhodes scholarship, Dr. Willoughby earned his B.A. from Yale and  a second B.A. (and later an honorary M.A.) from Oxford.  He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in New York, where he met and married Joanne DeWitt.

His first career was as teacher and then administrator for a parade of colleges and universities from Albuquerque, N.M.John Willoughby to Southampton, N.Y. He retired in 1990 while  academic dean at Southwestern College in Winfield, KS. From there he moved into marketing Success Motivation Institute & Leadership Management International materials, editing & translating for the Wedgestone Press edition of the Browning Correspondence, and mentoring start-ups or small businesses for SCORE (the Service Corps Of Retired Executives) since 1990. It was through SCORE that Dr. Willoughby came into contact with the Dale Kietzman University.

You may have an FAQ (Frequently Asked Question) about now: “What does the Provost do?” The Provost is the University’s on-site Chief Academic Officer.  He oversees and advances the interests of all educational programs, and balances and negotiates academic priorities. Provosts make sure the university recruits and retains a superb and diverse faculty.  All academic and educational support staff ultimately report to the Provost’s Office, as do special programs and information technology services.

Dr. Willoughby’s exceptional academic credentials, college administration know-how, and business acumen makes him a first-class addition to our Dale Kietzman University team in Douala, Cameroon. At this particular time, as Dale Kietzman University faces unprecedented demands for growth in our ministry and development education programs, we are inspired, humbled and grateful to welcome Dr. John Willoughby to this important leadership role.

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