Dr. Jacob Ellens, who has served Redeemer in a variety of roles since 1987, has retired from Redeemer University College. Hired as a professor in history, Dr. Ellens was one of the key figures in developing Redeemer’s academic program. Raised in the Niagara Peninsula, Dr. Ellens attended Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois, graduating in 1972. From there he studied at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto before going on to the University of Toronto, earning a M.A. and later a Ph.D. in history. His first academic appointment was at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. In 1987, Dr. Ellens joined the history faculty at Redeemer. During his tenure here, he became more and more involved in academic administration, becoming chair of the Foundations Division and later, Associate Dean. In 2002, Dr. Ellens was appointed Vice President, Academic, Redeemer’s highest ranking academic officer. Dr. Ellens has been intimately involved in developing Redeemer’s faculty and academic program over the last 10 years. “We are grateful to Dr. Ellens and for his many contributions to Redeemer over the years,” notes President Hubert Krygsman. ” Dr. Ellens was influential in shaping Redeemer’s liberal arts and sciences program and in maintaining its Biblical orthodoxy, strengths that remain vital to Redeemer.” With the support of Redeemer’s Senate, President Krygsman has appointed Dr. Ellens Vice President Academic, Emeritus.