Dr. Ron and Kathryn Iwasko, Assemblies of God World Missionaries, have announced they are leaving the presidency of Global University after more than 7 years. Effective September 30, 2006, the Iwaskos will be stepping down to pursue ministry opportunities in a variety of countries, as well as to spend time with family.
Beginning in 1999, Dr. Iwasko assumed leadership over Berean University in Springfield, Missouri, and ICI University in Irving, Texas. Replacing Dr. Zenas Bicket and Dr. George Flattery, the move was made to smooth the uniting of the two schools to form Global University. On June 12, 2000, faculty and staff occupied space in the new Global University campus in Springfield.
Bringing the two schools together was a massive undertaking, and the years following have required skilled leadership to fully integrate the U.S. operations of Berean with the missions work of ICI. The result is a seamless curriculum from evangelism and discipleship to vocational ministry training to advanced degrees in Bible and Theology.
When asked what he views as Global University's most outstanding accomplishments, Dr. Iwasko reflects on the varied aspects of the mission of the school. "Seeing some 550,000 people from across the world declare in writing their commitment to Christ through our programs has to rank at the top," he says.
"On the academic side," Iwasko adds, "I am deeply grateful to the Global University team for the high quality of our academic programs and related courses. The new Berean series is outstanding and the new developments at the undergraduate and graduate levels have raised the level wonderfully."
The faculty and staff of the organization will miss Iwasko. Chief Financial Officer Mark Perry says, "It has been a pleasure to work along side Dr Iwasko. His missionary and educational experience have helped keep Global University culturally relevant as we train and disciple students around the world."
On leaving, the Iwaskos will travel extensively and continue to train ministers around the world.
"As appointed world missionaries, we already have invitations from Brazil, Ethiopia, Romania, Kenya, and Vietnam," Iwasko says. "We also need to raise additional support, so deputation is on the agenda."
Global University's Board of Directors is expected to formally name Iwasko's successor at their October meeting.
See http://globaluniversity.edu/ for more information on Global University.