WM, IBOE announce reassignment of World Mission personnel
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Kansas City
Louie E. Bustle, World Mission Department director, and E. LeBron Fairbanks, International Board of Education commissioner, recently announced the reassignment of four World Mission (WM) leaders to the International Board of Education (IBOE).

The Nazarene system of higher education includes 57 schools located around the world. The reassigned leaders will assist the IBOE in more effectively serving the denomination in advocacy, support, evaluation, and networking of Nazarene education institutions globally.

"Education is a critical component in WM regional strategy," Bustle stated. "The reassignment of these individuals will greatly assist the IBOE in strengthening the 46 schools in World Mission regions."

Robert Woodruff
, presently serving as the World Mission education coordinator, will expand his responsibilities to serve as the global education coordinator. His primary responsibilities will include the development and equipping of regional education coordinators, the development of video conference classrooms on the IBOE campuses for resource sharing, faculty and administration development, and educational program evaluation.

Woodruff earned his undergraduate degree from George Fox University, the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Western Evangelical Seminary, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.

Woodruff has given leadership to various Nazarene institutions, including the European Nazarene College; Nazarene Theological College-Brisbane, Australia; Africa Nazarene University in Nairobi, Kenya; and assisted in the development of an IBOE school in Papua New Guinea. He has taught at the college level in the U.S. and worked in the academic staff development unit of Queensland University of Technology, an institution of over 20,000 students and 2,000 faculty members. While working at Queensland University, one of his primary assignments was in the area of needs analysis and stakeholder consultation.

He and his wife, Sue, have two daughters and will continue to live in Australia.

Ken Walker, theological education leader in Africa and more recently on the Caribbean Region, has been reassigned to the International Board of Education. He will coordinate the Academy for International Education and Global Faculty initiatives of the Resource Institute for International Education (RIIE).

Prior to this assignment, he served in Nazarene higher education in Africa at the Nzihgeni Secondary School, Nazarene Teacher Training College, and the Swaziland Nazarene Bible College, in addition to assignments as field director of the Southeast Africa (Lysophone) and regional education coordinator for the Africa Region. For the past several years, Walker has served as the regional education coordinator for the Caribbean Region.

A graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University, he has earned master's degrees from Middle Tennessee State University and Nazarene Theological Seminary. Trevecca honored him in 2000 with a Doctor of Divinity degree.

Ken and his wife, Linda, have two sons and a daughter.

Matt Price has been reassigned by the World Mission Department to the International Board of Education office. He will serve as Missional and Governance Review coordinator and lead the Nazarene Graduate Fellowship initiative. Prior to this assignment, he served as the director of IBOE schools in the Cape Verde Islands, West Africa, and Equatorial Africa; field education coordinator of the Africa West Field; and administrator of ministries in Benin and Togo. He has also served as a missionary intern to Francophone Africa, curriculum editor in Sunday School Ministries (International Center), and pastor.

He graduated from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, with a Ph.D. in Foundations of Education and from Nazarene Theological Seminary with a M.Div. degree in Religious Education and certificate in Cross-Cultural Ministry. He also earned a B.A. in religion from Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Price has written numerous academic and professional articles for publication. His doctoral dissertation topic for the University of Kansas was "An Educational Biography of H. Orton Wiley (1877-1961)."

Matt and his wife, Sonya, have two sons.

Joy Leverett, administrative assistant in the World Mission Department, has been reassigned to the International Board of Education. She will assist Barbara Najarian, IBOE senior administrative assistant, in supporting Woodruff, Walker, and Price in addressing World Mission Department education projects, including Missional and Quality Reviews for the IBOE schools, the Academy for International Education, and the Resource Institute for International Education.

Leverett returned to the World Mission Department in 2007 after serving for six years as executive secretary to the Mount Vernon Nazarene University president She served for 13 years as an assistant to Richard Zanner in the Africa Region office. Prior to her work in Africa, Leverett served for nine years as the secretary to the Rektor (president) of European Nazarene College.

Fairbanks concluded, "I look forward to working with these outstanding education professionals. As appropriate and possible, we will resource each of the 57 Nazarene institutions globally, facilitate institutional collaboration across regions, and strengthen the relationship between the IBOE schools and the mission of the Church of the Nazarene."