Posted: January 23, 2019
FULLERTON, CA :: After 50 years in vocational ministry, including 45 years in higher education and the last 15 years of service as President of Hope International University, Dr. John L. Derry has announced his retirement, effective August 15, 2019. President Derry notified the HIU community in early December, stating that the timing is now right, both for the University and for his family.
“Over the past several months, Jane and I have been praying and considering when would be the best time for us to transition to retirement,” President Derry said. “A decision like this is certainly not easy and in no way reflects on our confidence in the future of the University. We have four grandchildren in Texas and four more in Ohio who are growing up quickly, and we want to be more integral a part of their childhood, especially while we are still in good health.
“HIU’s 90th Anniversary provides a natural milestone for passing the mantle of leadership to the person who will cast a vision for the University’s next 90 years,” Derry continues. “Our mission to prepare students to serve Christ around the world is an enduring one, and we know that our alumni and friends who embrace and embody that mission will continue to provide continuity and support throughout this transition and for the next administration as well.”
Since accepting the presidency in 2003, Dr. Derry has led HIU in a host of notable advancements and accomplishments, including an 8-year re-affirmation of accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in 2016. Other highlights of his presidential tenure include:
“Dr. Derry has lived and breathed HIU for the past 15 years, and those years represent the capstone of his life-long vocational commitment and calling to Christian higher education,” remarked Michael Mulryan, Vice President for Institutional Advancement. “He has blessed HIU with a legacy that positions us well for continued success. We will deeply miss our leader and friend.”
“I am humbled and grateful that God has allowed me to serve alongside such outstanding servant leaders,” President Derry reflected. “The HIU community stood by us through some daunting challenges, professionally and personally. We will never forget all of the love, support, and prayers we received.”
The Board of Trustees has authorized a Presidential Search Committee to identify and interview potential candidates who meet the qualifications to become HIU’s seventh president. Dr. Derry has committed to work actively in the coming months with the Committee chair, Kevin Odor, to help facilitate a smooth transition. Kevin also serves as Vice Chair of HIU’s Board of Trustees.
“I want to do all I can to ensure the transition goes smoothly and brings to this office a visionary leader who will lead the University into a bright future,” said Dr. Derry. “Please join us in praying for God’s continued blessing and direction to that end.”