On November 2, 2012, the Mount Vernon Nazarene University Board of Trustees elected Dr. Henry W. Spaulding II as the 7th president of MVNU. Dr. Spaulding had been serving as MVNU Provost and Chief Academic Officer at the time of his appointment.
Dr. Spaulding was
inaugurated on Friday, November
Dr. Spaulding has held a variety of roles and positions during his more than 30 years in higher education, including Professor of Religion at Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Massachusetts; Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee; and Director of the Master of Divinity Program at Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri.
After completing his undergraduate work at Trevecca, Dr. Spaulding received his Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary in 1977, and completed his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree at The Florida State University in 1982.
During Dr. Spaulding's time as MVNU Provost, he helped guide the University through a comprehensive General Education revision. He also directed MVNU through the Ohio Department of Higher Education's 10-year reauthorization process, and spearheaded the effort which led to the achievement of a Level II designation from the Higher Learning Commission for MVNU's online academic programs.
Dr. Spaulding is the author of several books including
We Believe: Engaging the Doctrinal Heritage of the Church of the Nazarene
(2011) and a number of articles and academic papers on a wide range of topics.
Dr. Spaulding's wife, Sharon, also a graduate of Trevecca, is a teacher. They have three grown children.
MVNU 2023 Strategic Plan,
affirmed by the Board of Trustees, November 2013.