Effective January 1, 2020, Luke Fetters, EdD, will have a new title: vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty. He was named interim vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty on August 1, 2019. The decision to make this position permanent was reached after consultation with University faculty and the Senior Leadership Team, and upon a recommendation from the President, the University’s Trustees unanimously approved the title change.
“Serving as the vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty for my alma mater is an honor,” said Fetters. “I’m excited to have a role in recruiting and developing a world-class faculty that will continue to honor Christ in scholarship and service. As a native of the City of Huntington, I’m honored to have a leadership role in our local University. As a lifelong member of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, I’m humbled to help shape the academic program of the denomination’s only institution of higher learning.”
Fetters earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and religion (1982) and his Master of Christian Ministry degree (1984) from Huntington University. He then served for a number of years as a pastor and missionary in the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, the historic faith home of the University. Returning to Huntington University in 1997, he served as executive assistant to the President until 1999, which led to the opportunity to teach in the Department of Ministry & Missions for the next 20 years. In 2018-2019, he served Huntington University as dean of graduate & professional programs.
“Dr. Fetters’ rich experiences as a faculty member, academic leader, and ongoing service to the UB denomination makes him uniquely qualified to assume the full-time position of Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty,” said Dr. Sherilyn Emberton, president of Huntington University.
The Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty is the senior administrator of the University’s academic programs. This role includes the following responsibilities within the academic area: supervision of faculty as well as assistant and associate deans, planning and operating all academic programs, preparation of the academic budget, supervision of the library and academic registration, and oversight of the academic facilities.