On Tuesday, June 20, Richmont Graduate University’s Board of Trustees announced the selection of its next President, Dr. Timothy Quinnan. Dr. Quinnan brings to Richmont an extensive background of serving students and universities including roles as Vice President of Student Affairs at University of Texas at Arlington, Associate Vice President for Campus Life at San Diego State University, Vice President for Student Services at Stark State College, and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at Florida State University.
Question: You spent the majority of your career working in public colleges and universities. What is it about a Christian university that appeals to you at this point in your career?
Answer: I engaged with extraordinary students and colleagues at these institutions, yet something deeper was always missing. How could my students begin to answer life’s most transcendent questions, including personal mission, without exploring the role of God in their lives and their relationship with Him? Unfortunately, such conversations are not often part of wider community discourse at public universities. It points to a glaring disconnect in “educating the whole person,” a claim universally made across the higher education landscape. Finding the right opportunity to serve at a Christian university had been a career goal for some time. When I had the chance to lead this University, whose Christian values are identical with my own and are proudly embedded in every aspect of University life, I found it irresistible. Very early into my conversations with the search committee, I knew that Richmont was the professional home I sought.
Question: What are some of your proudest moments in your career thus far?
Answer: My greatest reward is seeing how many of the students and staff I mentored over the years gravitated toward the service professions where now they, in turn, are working hard to make the world a better place. Like all educators, I can’t imagine anything more satisfying than seeing those you once taught become dynamic, principled leaders in their own right. Whether they pursued education, counseling, military service, law, medicine, journalism, or other fields, they are emerging leaders. As busy as they are with their own lives now—as spouses, parents, professionals—I am moved by how many continue to initiate contact. They share stories of adding children to their families, career challenges, moral dilemmas, or growth in the Spirit. They also inquire after my wife or daughter, whom they also know, and tell me they pray for us. After a distance of many years and miles, it is touching to see that I had a profound, enduring impact on their lives.