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Messiah College appoints Dr. Randall G. Basinger as provost


Randall G. Basinger
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GRANTHAM, Pa. (March 29, 2005 ) — Messiah College recently announced that Randall G. Basinger, Ph.D., has been appointed as the college’s provost. Basinger, of Dillsburg, Pa., has been serving as interim provost since July 1 when the former provost, Kim S. Phipps, Ph.D., assumed an interim president role before becoming Messiah College’s eighth president in December. Basinger’s term as provost will begin April 1.

In his role of provost, or chief academic officer, Basinger will integrate all parts of the campus life with one another, such as academics with student life and athletics. The provost also oversees teaching faculty and encourages creative and innovative programming at the college.

“As I consider my role as provost, I am most excited about the mission of Messiah College, its educational leadership, educators and students,” Basinger said. “I see my role as being a facilitator, enabling people to achieve great things at the college.”

Basinger has taught philosophy at Messiah College since 1983 and has twice received the college’s “Excellence in Teaching Award.” From 1998 to 1999 Basinger served as associate dean of curriculum before becoming dean of curriculum in 2000, a position he held until his appointment as interim provost.

“Dr. Basinger will bring exceptional ability and experience to the role of provost, and I deeply appreciate his willingness to assume this important leadership position,” said President Phipps. “I have also received overwhelmingly positive feedback from faculty in support of Dr. Basinger becoming Messiah’s next provost.”

Basinger received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Trinity College in Deerfield, Ill.; a master’s degree in the philosophy of religion from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Ill.; and a doctorate of philosophy in religion from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. Before his tenure at Messiah, Basinger worked for six years as an associate professor of philosophy and Biblical and religious studies at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kan.

Basinger co-authored the book “Philosophy and Miracle: The Contemporary Debate,” with David Basinger in 1986, and co-edited and co-authored the introduction of the book “Predestination and Free Will,” also with David Basinger. He has written many articles for various publications, including “Christian Scholar’s Review” and “Religious Studies.” In addition, Basinger has presented eight papers to the Society of Christian Philosophers and gave the keynote address during the 1997 Evangelicals and Process conference in Claremont, Calif.

Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences, enrolls more than 2,900 undergraduate students in 50 majors. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Grantham, Pa., near the state capital of Harrisburg. A satellite campus affiliated with Temple University is located in Philadelphia.

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