You don’t want to miss this episode of Development and Justice! In this special episode of Development and Justice, Greg Burch interviews Dr. Craig Williford, Multnomah University’s 5th President in a fascinating conversation on justice and peacebuilding in higher education. Dr. Williford provides an inside perspective on leading an academic institution like Multnomah. Challenges and opportunities in higher education are discussed with special attention given to the need to provide equitable opportunities for all students within Christian Universities. In discussing his own academic background, as a first generation college student himself, he reveals his desire to see Multnomah become a place that welcomes our students with opportunities that will lead to transformation in their lives. With transparency and vulnerability, we hear about his own family background and the transformation that took place in his own life during his first years of college. He also discusses the much needed conversations that are happening around racial justice concerns and the role that the academy must play when it comes to having a prophetic voice in society.
Bio on Rev. Dr. Craig Williford
Before coming to Multnomah University, Dr. Williford served as a pastor for 20 years, leading a team of staff, facilitating church strategy, preaching, and pastoring a congregation through many transitions.
In 2000, Dr. Williford became the president of Denver Seminary and served them for eight years. During his time there, he also taught pastoral leadership courses on the masters and doctoral levels. To this day, Dr. Williford continues to mentor five pastoral and nonprofit leaders who serve throughout the United States. After serving at Denver Seminary, he returned to serve at Trinity International University, where he earned his doctorate in 1995, as their president from 2009 and 2014. On July 1, 2014, Rev. Dr. Craig Williford assumed his role as President of Multnomah University. With a passion for Godly, cross-cultural, innovative leadership, Dr. Williford leads Multnomah University with grace and dignity, informed by his wealth of experience in higher education leadership and pastoral ministry. Rev. Dr. Craig Williford is Multnomah University’s fifth president.