Dr. Weymouth Spence is the nineteenth president of Washington Adventist University, located near the nation’s capital in Takoma Park, Maryland. Washington Adventist University (WAU) is one of the fourteen higher education institutions in North America with an affiliation to the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He began his presidency at WAU in January 2008 and during his tenure has put together a leadership team that elevated and transformed the former Columbia Union College (CUC) to university status and is continuing to build on the legacy of former presidents to elevate the University standing to one of international distinction.
Among his accomplishments as president has been to refocus the University’s strategic plan to fulfill the University’s mission and vision and to rollout the six pillars of institutional excellence – quality, people, finance, growth, service and community. Recent accomplishment include the largest enrollment ever in 2012, largest graduating class ever, reaffirmed ten-year accreditation from Middle States Commission for Higher Education, completion of a campus master plan that realized the first new building on the campus in forty years – The Leroy and Lois Peters Music Center, created a vice president for ministry position that now focus on the spiritual development of the entire university community, and a significantly improved fiscal standing.
In the course of his commitment to building a culture of institutional excellence that is focused on student outcomes, he recently launched the Vision 2020 goals for building a thriving university that will hold true to the mission/vision of WAU, which is to serve and educate students, ultimately helping them achieve their desired goals and highest potential for service.
Prior to his appointment as WAU President, Dr. Spence served in leadership positions for over 30 years in higher education and health care institutions as program director, dean and vice president for academic administration. He holds an Arts and Science degree from Northern Caribbean University, a B.Sc. in biology from Atlantic Union College, an Associate in Science degree in Radiography from Kettering College of Medical Arts, a Master of Science degree in Curriculum, Research and Administration from Central Connecticut State University and a Doctorate in Vocational/Technical/ Occupational Education from Nova Southeastern University.
Dr. Spence has served on many institutional boards; he currently is a member of the Adventist Health Care and the Washington Adventist Hospital boards. He has served as an officer and member of professional organizations. In 2006 he was recognized for providing the leadership for developing and implementing the first inter-state accredited RN program between San Antonia, Texas and Phoenix, Arizona. He was recently recognized by the Columbia Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventist as a Notable Person of Honor for his leadership accomplishments. Dr. Spence’s hero is Jesus Christ and he believes that modeling the life and teachings of Jesus is the answer to every problem.
He is married to the former Rebecca Brown and they have two children, Melissa and Weymouth II, and two grandchildren, Aidan and Olivia.