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Knowledge, Faith, Service

Southwestern Adventist University is known for our friendly campus, commitment to academic excellence, and spiritual atmosphere. Building on that legacy and our mission, vision, and values, the strategic plan propels Southwestern Adventist University forward under the banner of our tagline: Knowledge, Faith, Service. 


Inspiring knowledge, faith, and service through Christ-centered education


Southwestern Adventist University seeks to be a community that supports academic, spiritual, physical, and emotional wholeness encouraging all members to find their purpose and lead lives of service.


Southwestern Adventist University values

  • Integration of a Seventh-day Adventist worldview into daily life
  • Education that enriches life and promotes achievement
  • Interaction that affirms faith, integrity, and humanity
  • Responsibility for ourselves, our neighbors, and our world
  • Service as ministry for Christ


Knowledge, Faith, Service

Strategic Plan

Our strategic plan represents the work of an 18-member Strategic Planning Committee, convening over the course of a year, with the purpose of examining the institution’s mission, vision, values, and tagline and charting a five-year trajectory for the University through strategic goals and recommendations. The plan was implemented in the 2014-2015 academic year with the approval and support of the Board of Trustees, the Office of the President, and the students, faculty, and staff of Southwestern Adventist University. 

The President's Cabinet

Ken Shaw, EdD

President's Office

Donna Berkner, EdD

Academic Administration
Vice President

Joel Wallace, CPA/BBA

Financial Administration
Vice President

Enga Almeida, BS

Enrollment Office
Vice President

James The, MEd

Student Services
Vice President

Russ Laughlin, MDiv

Spiritual Life & Development
Vice President

Jonathan Seitz, BBS

Advancement Office
Director of Advancement