Paul W. Nisly
Arriving from graduate school in his native Kansas in 1972, Paul Nisly immediately stepped into the chairmanship of his department. Under his very capable and discerning leadership for twenty-four years, the Department of Literature, Language, Communications and Fine Arts grew to include twenty-four full-time faculty members.
As Professor of English Literature, Nisly consistently demonstrated a strong dedication to teaching, working with students through genuine interpersonal relationships. As many alumni continue to express their heart-felt appreciation for those relationships, they say, “No student has ever been just a name to Paul Nisly.”
As a colleague, Nisly’s proven integrity and commitment to duty made his name come up again and again whenever the faculty needed someone to represent them in an important situation. They elected him with the assurance that he would serve with faithfulness, ability, and dedication.
Since Nisly is a dedicated servant of Christ, it was no surprise to the Messiah College family hat in the 1990s he was chosen by his church to be the local bishop, a job requiring love-motivated living as much as skillful leadership.