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Dr. Byron Klaus Joins UVF as Interim President

Dr. Byron Klaus
Dr. Byron Klaus
The University of Valley Forge officially welcomed Byron Klaus, D. Min., as interim president, ​on July 1, 2016. Klaus follows Don Meyer, Ph.D., who transitioned to president emeritus after serving and leading the University of Valley Forge for more than 19 years. Traveling from Table Rock Lake in southwest Missouri, Klaus and his wife, Lois, will make Phoenixville their new temporary home.

Klaus will lead the University of Valley Forge during this time of transition, as the search for a new president is ongoing. His 16 years of presidential leadership in higher education provide invaluable experience and knowledge to his role at the university. Previously, he served as president of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary from 1999–2015. He is an author and additionally a coeditor of scholarly books that include "Called and Empowered: Pentecostal Mission in Global Perspective" and "The Globalization of Pentecostalism: A Religion Made to Travel."

In a message to the University of Valley Forge faculty and staff, Klaus stated, “I am thrilled to partner with you, as we trust our Lord and the power of His Spirit, to serve the mission of the University of Valley Forge, as we influence the young leaders that our Lord is raising up for this challenging season of Kingdom service.”

Rev. Jennifer Gale, vice president of student life, will work closely with Klaus during the introduction period for returning and incoming students. "We could not be in better hands during this time of transition. Dr. Klaus is a man of passionate faith, solid character and professional excellence. He has the highest reputation and respect among leaders in Christian higher education," she said. 

Klaus also serves in leadership roles outside of academia. He is on the In Trust Center for Theological School Board of Directors. In Trust is a membership organization that works to strengthen the institutional capacity for theological schools. He also serves as the vice president of Latin America ChildCare, an organization that seeks to transform the lives of children of impoverished families through quality education, healthy meals and, most importantly, Christian hope. The organization serves nearly 100,000 children in 300 schools within 21 countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. As vice president, Klaus works closely with the organization’s president and executive director, as well as leaders in the United States and around the world. He is a sought after speaker in leadership forums, and helps churches and non-profit organizations accomplish their missions and goals.

The University of Valley Forge is excited to begin a new phase under the direction of Klaus. "Throughout his career, Dr. Klaus has distinguished himself as a caring, thoughtful leader, and a person of integrity and wisdom," said Dan Mortensen, Ph.D., University of Valley Forge executive vice president and vice president of development. "The UVF community is looking forward to seeing how God will use him to help the university move into its next season of development."


Dr. Byron Klaus
Dr. Byron Klaus
The University of Valley Forge officially welcomed Byron Klaus, D. Min., as interim president, ​on July 1, 2016. Klaus follows Don Meyer, Ph.D., who transitioned to president emeritus after serving and leading the University of Valley Forge for more than 19 years. Traveling from Table Rock Lake in southwest Missouri, Klaus and his wife, Lois, will make Phoenixville their new temporary home.

Klaus will lead the University of Valley Forge during this time of transition, as the search for a new president is ongoing. His 16 years of presidential leadership in higher education provide invaluable experience and knowledge to his role at the university. Previously, he served as president of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary from 1999–2015. He is an author and additionally a coeditor of scholarly books that include "Called and Empowered: Pentecostal Mission in Global Perspective" and "The Globalization of Pentecostalism: A Religion Made to Travel."

In a message to the University of Valley Forge faculty and staff, Klaus stated, “I am thrilled to partner with you, as we trust our Lord and the power of His Spirit, to serve the mission of the University of Valley Forge, as we influence the young leaders that our Lord is raising up for this challenging season of Kingdom service.”

Rev. Jennifer Gale, vice president of student life, will work closely with Klaus during the introduction period for returning and incoming students. "We could not be in better hands during this time of transition. Dr. Klaus is a man of passionate faith, solid character and professional excellence. He has the highest reputation and respect among leaders in Christian higher education," she said. 

Klaus also serves in leadership roles outside of academia. He is on the In Trust Center for Theological School Board of Directors. In Trust is a membership organization that works to strengthen the institutional capacity for theological schools. He also serves as the vice president of Latin America ChildCare, an organization that seeks to transform the lives of children of impoverished families through quality education, healthy meals and, most importantly, Christian hope. The organization serves nearly 100,000 children in 300 schools within 21 countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. As vice president, Klaus works closely with the organization’s president and executive director, as well as leaders in the United States and around the world. He is a sought after speaker in leadership forums, and helps churches and non-profit organizations accomplish their missions and goals.

The University of Valley Forge is excited to begin a new phase under the direction of Klaus. "Throughout his career, Dr. Klaus has distinguished himself as a caring, thoughtful leader, and a person of integrity and wisdom," said Dan Mortensen, Ph.D., University of Valley Forge executive vice president and vice president of development. "The UVF community is looking forward to seeing how God will use him to help the university move into its next season of development."


UVF Athletics Receives Active NCAA Division III Status

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On Friday, June 24, 2016, the University of Valley Forge (UVF) received news that the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Membership Committee granted UVF active NCAA Division III status, effective September 1, 2016. This change in status from provisional member to active status arrived in time to prepare for the 2016–2017 athletic year. 

Over the five-year application process the administrators, faculty and personnel from the Department of Athletics, led by Athletic Director Jon Mack, committed their time and effort to see the department grow and improve. They attended NCAA national conventions and training seminars to reach NCAA Division III status. "This is a historical moment for our university and athletic department. The NCAA membership requirements are quite rigorous. Although the process has been lengthy, we value it for how it has shaped and refined our athletic department," said Mack. 

During the provisional years, over 50 percent of the Patriots' games were against Div. III opponents. Becoming active Div. III members and now being part of the Association of Division III Independents (AD3I) – which includes 13 other institutions without a conference home – will provide additional competitive opportunities against other Division III institutions. Conference membership is the next piece to compliment the NCAA Division III membership. 

"What incredible news this is for the University of Valley Forge!" Dr. Don Meyer, President Emeritus, said. "Jon Mack has invested tireless hours with deep commitment throughout this application process. We would never have achieved this status without his expertise and devotion." Meyer also thanked Rev. Jennifer Gale, vice president of student life, who oversees the Department of Athletics and Professor Emeritus Kathleen Terragnoli, for their leadership and faithful support of UVF Patriot Athletics and the application process. 

The NCAA Division III is the largest division in terms of the number of school and student participants; it includes 450 institutions and 180,000 student-athletes. Division III athletics effectively help student-athletes stay on course academically and work toward graduation. Student-athletes and mentors strive to have a balanced life on campus that includes academics, athletics and other extracurricular activities. 

The UVF Department of Athletics offers five men's sports and five women's sports. The department's mission statement is: to prepare student-athletes for the journey of discipleship through athletics by pursuing excellence in skill, teamwork, leadership, Christian-character and servanthood. Teams from the Department of Athletics also serve the campus and the surrounding community through service projects and outreach programs throughout the year. 

The 2016 fall preseason camp begins August 17. Fall athletes participating in women's soccer, men's soccer, women's volleyball, women's cross country and men's cross country will return to campus to prepare for the upcoming season. Stay connected to UVF Patriot Athletics through social media and celebrate this historic milestone with the start of the fall semester, when these teams become the first to play in NCAA Division III games. 


web-NCAAdiv3

On Friday, June 24, 2016, the University of Valley Forge (UVF) received news that the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Membership Committee granted UVF active NCAA Division III status, effective September 1, 2016. This change in status from provisional member to active status arrived in time to prepare for the 2016–2017 athletic year. 

Over the five-year application process the administrators, faculty and personnel from the Department of Athletics, led by Athletic Director Jon Mack, committed their time and effort to see the department grow and improve. They attended NCAA national conventions and training seminars to reach NCAA Division III status. "This is a historical moment for our university and athletic department. The NCAA membership requirements are quite rigorous. Although the process has been lengthy, we value it for how it has shaped and refined our athletic department," said Mack. 

During the provisional years, over 50 percent of the Patriots' games were against Div. III opponents. Becoming active Div. III members and now being part of the Association of Division III Independents (AD3I) – which includes 13 other institutions without a conference home – will provide additional competitive opportunities against other Division III institutions. Conference membership is the next piece to compliment the NCAA Division III membership. 

"What incredible news this is for the University of Valley Forge!" Dr. Don Meyer, President Emeritus, said. "Jon Mack has invested tireless hours with deep commitment throughout this application process. We would never have achieved this status without his expertise and devotion." Meyer also thanked Rev. Jennifer Gale, vice president of student life, who oversees the Department of Athletics and Professor Emeritus Kathleen Terragnoli, for their leadership and faithful support of UVF Patriot Athletics and the application process. 

The NCAA Division III is the largest division in terms of the number of school and student participants; it includes 450 institutions and 180,000 student-athletes. Division III athletics effectively help student-athletes stay on course academically and work toward graduation. Student-athletes and mentors strive to have a balanced life on campus that includes academics, athletics and other extracurricular activities. 

The UVF Department of Athletics offers five men's sports and five women's sports. The department's mission statement is: to prepare student-athletes for the journey of discipleship through athletics by pursuing excellence in skill, teamwork, leadership, Christian-character and servanthood. Teams from the Department of Athletics also serve the campus and the surrounding community through service projects and outreach programs throughout the year. 

The 2016 fall preseason camp begins August 17. Fall athletes participating in women's soccer, men's soccer, women's volleyball, women's cross country and men's cross country will return to campus to prepare for the upcoming season. Stay connected to UVF Patriot Athletics through social media and celebrate this historic milestone with the start of the fall semester, when these teams become the first to play in NCAA Division III games. 


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