Dr. David J. Spittal, EdD, was installed as the fifth president of MidAmerica Nazarene University in an inauguration held Friday, Oct. 26, at College Church of the Nazarene. Dr. Larry McIntire (1), chairman of the MNU board of trustees, welcomed delegates from 25 local and regional universities as well as community leaders, students, alumni, faculty, and staff members.
Kansas Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan (2), seen here with Associated Student Government President Chelsea Coffey, brought greetings on behalf of Governor Sam Brownback and the State of Kansas. Olathe Mayor Michael Copeland (’84) took part in the ceremony (3), challenging the president to be a visionary leader for Olathe’s “hometown university.”
Dr. Daniel Copp (4), commissioner of education for the International Church of the Nazarene, presented Dr. Spittal with a crystal globe. Copp said MNU’s global reach is apparent through its many international opportunities for students and its alumni serving across the world.
This is the truth that we seek to ‘pass forward’ to you. This is the legacy of MidAmerica Nazarene University,” said Spittal in his remarks. “We are disciples of Jesus Christ.
‘So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal’ (2 Corinthians 4:18).
"We are not empowered by a particle or a mere idea of God. We serve a sovereign living God who sent his Son as our Savior and who now dwells within us. We are disciples of Jesus Christ. We walk by faith and not by sight.
We are not settlers; we are Pioneers.
General Superintendent Emeritus Dr. Paul G. Cunningham and Dr. Larry McIntire placed the presidential medallion on Dr. Spittal as Mrs. Spittal looked on (5).
Dr. Spittal was elected president of MNU on January 16, 2012, and has served in that position since Feb. 1. The inauguration ceremony was a reverent church service that featured Scripture readings as well as Dr. Spittal’s favorite hymn, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.”
MidAmerica Nazarene University’s presidential medallion (8) depicts the institutional seal. It represents a duty to promote and maintain the values represented by the institution, as well as obedience to the calling on the president’s life. The president wears the medallion at all official academic convocations.
Delegates attending the inauguration ceremony (6) included representatives from all eight U.S. Nazarene colleges and universities; 10 Kansas colleges and universities, including K-State Olathe campus; three Midwestern institutions; and Houghton College, a Wesleyan college in Houghton, New York.
Dignitaries joined Dr. and Mrs. Spittal and family at a celebratory luncheon (9) in Uphaus Hall at College Church immediately following the ceremony.
From one generation to another (10), General Superintendent Emeritus Dr. Donald Owens, former MNU president, congratulated Dr. Spittal at the inaugural luncheon. Though not pictured here, President Emeritus Dr. Richard Spindle also attended.