July 1978 marked the first month of my journey into academic administration and leadership. Though just a “youngster”(!), I accepted on invitation to become the Dean of Academics of Covenant Foundation College (CFC). The journey began that month has continued across the better part of three and one half decades. My tenure as the Dean at CFC spanned nine years. A subsequent deanship at Wesley Biblical Seminary (WBS) covered 22 years and gave significant opportunities for learning the skills, insights, and postures essential in good deanship.
Since August 2011, I have spent eight months on assignment in Lagos, Nigeria. Working with the administration and faculty of West Africa Theological Seminary (WATS), I have assisted the Provost, Dr. William Udotong, with a number of developmental projects which include a curriculum review, the development and launching of a new doctoral program, and taking the next steps toward institutional accreditation. Busy months! But productive ones. The people at WATS have seen through the “Spyglass” (google “spyglass richard paul evans”) and by God’s grace are on the move!