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MNU’s New President Inspires Pioneer Spirit

Dr. David Spittal is inspiring the MNU community in his first full week. The university’s fifth president met with faculty and staff on his first day and spoke in Chapel today.

Citing the text of Isaiah 43:19 (NIV), “See I am doing a new thing…do you not perceive it?” Dr. Spittal asserts that “God is up to something at MNU.”

“He is calling us out,” he says “The question is; are you willing to put it all on the line and allow Him to do this new thing?”

And putting it all on the line or submitting one’s will to that of the Holy Spirit, is what Dr. Spittal believes will make the difference in the life of this university in the coming months and years.

“This university is not ours, it is God’s,” he says. “God has had his hand of protection on this place.”

His schedule over the first ten days is packed with meetings, appearances, and speeches as Dr. Spittal immerses himself in the culture and operations of the university. Saying his primary goal is to get to know MNU, especially its students, the president has an incremental 30, 60 and 90-day plan that will include strategic decisions  in the areas of finances and enrollment.

“There are challenges ahead, but we will go through it with God’s help,” he adds. “We can trust Him with everything about this institution.”

Dr. Spittal comes to MNU with an extensive background in public and private education. Holding undergraduate and graduate degrees in music education and a doctorate in educational administration from Ball State University, he has taught public school music and served as assistant superintendent and then superintendent of schools in two Indiana public school districts.

Dr. Spittal spent seven years as vice president and dean of adult and graduate studies at Indiana Wesleyan University. He then served as president of Southern Wesleyan University in Central, South Carolina from 1994 to 2011.

Dr. Spittal and his wife, Donna (Perry) were raised in Nazarene parsonages. His father and grandparents were Nazarene ministers in Canada and Illinois.

“I spent my childhood on the front pews as my father preached and led worship,” he states.

In addition to his extensive volunteer experience as an educator, Dr. Spittal has served several Nazarene churches as a worship or choir director, Sunday School teacher, and church board member.

While the Spittals affiliated with the Wesleyan Church to fulfill his responsibilities as president of Southern Wesleyan University, he says “I am thrilled to return to the Nazarene Church and have already experienced what it feels like to be home again.”

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