Dr. Robert J. Graham was inaugurated, formally beginning his tenure as Redeemer’s fourth president, on March 1, 2019.
Dr. Graham brings to Redeemer ten years of experience in senior leadership at two well-respected Christian universities. Since 2013, he has served as provost and vice president of academic affairs at Grove City College, a Christian liberal arts college of about 2,300 undergraduate students. From 2008 to 2013, he provided leadership as provost at Waynesburg University, a Christian institution of approximately 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students.
Dr. Bob Graham holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Cincinnati and a Master of Gerontological Studies from Miami University. His first faculty appointment as a professor of sociology was at Lee University. He quickly became known for his leadership, rooted in the values and strengths of each community he served, and for his insight into the challenges each institution faced. At both Waynesburg and Grove City, Dr. Graham has worked to develop and carry out sustainable and mission-centred strategic plans.
In his senior leadership roles, he has demonstrated an ability to connect with people in order to support the institutions he has served and accomplish their vision for higher education. He leads through listening, caring and connecting. He is enthusiastic about Redeemer’s Reformed identity and he strongly supports the Reformed Christian worldview that is integrated into teaching, research and campus life. The Board believes that Dr. Graham is well-equipped to lead Redeemer into the next phase of its institutional life.
The President of Redeemer University is the Chief Executive Officer of the institution. As its head, the President is responsible and accountable for providing overall leadership and management of the University.