New Principal Appointed at Newbold College

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On May 11, the Newbold Board of Governors appointed an American professor of political science as Newbold College's next principal. Since she earned her doctorate in 1999, Jane Sabes has been teaching on the campus of Newbold’s sister institution, Andrews University, in Berrien Springs, Michigan, where she has researched and taught out of her particular interests in the relationship between religion, politics, and human rights. She recently received the 2008 Spiritual Life award in recognition of her “ever-strong spiritual influence on students and colleagues alike.” In 2005, she was voted Teacher of the Year.

Sabes brings the experience of an international curriculum vitae to the job. She has served as director of health services for the Seward Peninsula in Alaska, and has international work experience in China, Libya, and Indonesia. In the 1990s, Sabes worked as director of the Wyoming Department of Health, having a staff of 2,000 and managing a biennial budget of $600 million.

She has broad experience of teaching and educational administration, and has worked in educational administration and curriculum planning at both Kettering Medical Centre, Kettering, Ohio, and Clinical Faculty at Wright State University, School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio.

Sabes received her Bachelor of Science from Columbia Union College, in Takoma Park, Maryland, her master's in Public Health from Loma Linda University, California, and a master's in Public Administration from the University of Wyoming. In 1999, she earned her doctorate in political science with emphasis in international public policy and public administration.

Sabes succeeds David Penner, who resigned last February after six years as principal. She is expected to visit the campus in June and, subject to visa arrangements proceeding smoothly, will take up her duties at the college in August. She will be the 29th principal in Newbold’s 107-year history, the twelfth American, and second woman.

Keith Mattingly, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Andrews University, describes Jane Sabes as an energetic woman of many talents who combines tenderness of spirit with a clear calling to accountability. “She is,” he says, “one of those who looks at challenges and creates new and creative ways of doing things.”

On her appointment, Jane Sabes said: “I have long known of the excellent educational experiences afforded students at Newbold College. And, I assume that my response in working with this group of dedicated individuals will be similar to that of the Queen of Sheba upon meeting King Solomon—that “not the half was told me.” In short, I consider this invitation to assume leadership duties at Newbold to be the richest of blessings, both personally and professionally.”

Bertil Wiklander, chair of the Board of Governors said: “Jane Sabes brings to her new leadership role a rare combination of gifts which we believe will serve Newbold well. She combines an open outlook on the world with a deep involvement in the life and witness of the Church. We wish her and the Newbold staff well as they begin this new and critical phase of the College’s history.”

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