Pamela Christian has been appointed Biola University’s Vice Provost for Inclusion and Cross-Cultural Engagement. She will oversee Multi-ethnic Programs & development and Biola’s Center for Cross-Cultural Engagement.

“I believe Biola has the opportunity and the responsibility to become a Christian university that embodies a biblical reflection of the breadth of God’s people,” said Biola President Barry H. Corey. “Dr. Christian comes to Biola with strong experience in cross-cultural leadership, and I believe she will help Biola make significant progress in this vital area.”

In her new role, Christian will lead Biola in becoming a university that will attract and advance a community of cross-cultural, globally aware Christians and develop students that are intellectually and experientially cross-cultural Christians, effectively able to live out the gospel in diverse settings and provide servant leadership across the world.

Christian, who started in her role Aug. 1, comes to Biola from Azusa Pacific University where she served in various capacities since 2002 including special assistant for university diversity, assistant and associate provost, and most recently in Azusa’s School of Education as a professor of doctoral studies. Christian earned her master’s degree in educational counseling from California State University, San Bernardino and her doctorate in higher education administration from Claremont Graduate University.

“Christian higher education allows students to engage the process of intellectual and spiritual inquiry which fosters their growth, renewal, and transformation,” said Christian. “Quality Christ-centered education is beneficial for students pursuing higher education as a means of financial viability and stability in the future, as well as those primarily directed toward vocational training and preparation in response to a divine call on their lives.”  

She has leadership experience in public and private universities, community college, and in partnership programs with K–12 education. She is experienced in leading student groups abroad, and has taught in Ghana, Alaska, Ethiopia, Egypt, Mexico, South Africa, and the Netherlands. She received the prestigious American Council on Education Fellowship Award, and participated in the Harvard Institute for Management and Leadership in Education, and the Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership.

Christian’s research interests include leadership and mentoring, educational pipeline issues from K–12 and community colleges to higher education, technology in education, diversity, ethics, and the study of doctoral education.

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