Dr. John Gredy began his appointment as the first provost of Cedarville University on July 1, 2008. Now in his sixth year, he has earned the respect of trustees, administrators, faculty, staff and students during his time at Cedarville.
How Did You Become Interested in a Career in Higher Education?
I developed an interest in college administration as a resident assistant at Albion College and later as an assistant coordinator over two residence halls at Indiana University. My first position as a college administrator was in 1975 as director of student services for a community college serving 1,700 students.
What Drew You to Cedarville?
My wife Linda and I were attending a retreat for Word of Life youth leaders on the Cedarville campus. I remember vividly listening to Dr. Paul Dixon preach that weekend. During that brief time on campus, the Lord began to work in our hearts leading us to devote our lives to Christian higher education. God has been faithful to honor that calling. Since that time, He has led us on a journey with opportunities to serve at five Christian universities. When I interviewed with Dr. Brown five years ago, I saw how God had not only answered my prayers to serve in Christian higher education, but now over 25 years later had amazingly placed us at Cedarville University where our desire to serve in Christian higher education began.
In Your Time at Cedarville, What Have Been Your Most Rewarding Experiences?
The first day on campus when I experienced chapel confirmed for me that I was finally home. Our chapel program is by far the best among the CCCU, and it is easy to see why students at Cedarville love chapel. I have enjoyed getting to know faculty and staff, whether at a basketball game or just enjoying lunch together at Chuck's. It has been exciting for me to be a part of one of only a handful of Christian colleges that value the inerrancy of scripture and have the total faculty – whether science, Bible, or other disciplines – all believing in a literal six-day creation . Since I came here for our commitment to the Word of God, our doctrine, and our emphasis on quality academic programs, it has been so encouraging for me personally to be at a Christian university that stands strong on these issues and promotes rigor and excellence in all academic programs.
What Excites You About This Opportunity To Serve as Provost?
I do believe the Lord has called me "for such a time as this." I can now see how my 30+ years of experience in college administration and as a vice president at four Christian colleges and universities have prepared me to assist Dr. Brown and the University as a whole to move forward to become all we are supposed to become as an institution and to fulfill our mission and vision for the future.
I love mobilizing people, identifying talent, and enabling people to realize their dreams, aspirations, gifts, and abilities. I look forward to encouraging the Academic, Student Life, Enrollment Management & Marketing, Finance, Athletics, and Operations areas to be strategic and forward thinking in their approaches.
I think there is a new day coming. In fact, I now believe we are turning the corner and great things are in front of us. I can't help it, I'm an optimist. But I also believe strongly that all the tough times we've been through are just God's way of refining both me personally and our corporate community. God will use these challenges as a part of something great He is going to do in our midst as we prepare our graduates to be champions for Christ.
What's Your Management Style?
My style is to walk around and visit people in our divisions. Since I am located near the Presidents' Office in Founders Hall, it will mean a daily walk for me to visit my favorite spot on campus, Rinnova. My door is open to you. If you need to meet, simply contact Angie McIntosh, my assistant, and she will schedule a time for us to get together.
I did not anticipate this opportunity, but I am grateful for the confidence Dr. Brown and the Board of Trustees have placed in me. I look forward to continuing to serve our President and our faculty and staff. Let's partner together to take Cedarville to the next level and make a huge difference for our Lord!