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Interim President Announced

by Office of Marketing | May 02, 2016
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The University of Valley Forge Welcomes Interim President

The University of Valley Forge (UVF) Board of Trustees announced that Dr. Byron Klaus accepted the position of interim president of the University of Valley Forge, effective July 1, 2016. Klaus will follow legacy-leader Dr. Don Meyer and assist the search for the next president of UVF. "We are very excited to welcome Dr. Klaus to the University of Valley Forge," said Dr. Dan Mortensen, executive vice president and vice president of development. "A person of integrity and wisdom, Dr. Klaus brings decades of presidential leadership in higher education that will be beneficial to the University of Valley Forge." 

Klaus served as president of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS) from 1999–2015. Previously, he served for 20 years on the faculty and administration at Vanguard University of Southern California. While at Vanguard, he also served as vice president for Latin America ChildCare, a child development ministry that focuses on attaining quality education and serves over 100,000 children in 21 nations in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Klaus' scholarly work includes publications and books published by Baker Book House, Moody Press and Logion Press. He is coeditor of nonfiction works, "Called and Empowered: Pentecostal Mission in Global Perspective" and "The Globalization of Pentecostalism: A Religion Made to Travel." His commentary on faith and culture is distributed as the "Prez Release" and his radio spots and articles have been released in a series called "That's the Way I See It." His commitment to leadership development in growing churches around the world has taken him to preach and to develop leaders in over 50 nations in the world.    

Following his successful tenure at AGTS, Klaus returned to his role as vice president of Latin America ChildCare. In addition, he gives considerable time serving as an advisor to university and seminary presidents, and globally in leadership development. His ministry has expanded to the development of the critical leadership necessary for growing churches in the majority world where Christianity is flourishing despite vigorous resistance to the Gospel. Mortensen stated, "Dr. Klaus has distinguished himself as a caring, thoughtful leader who desires to honor Christ in all that he does. The Board of Trustees has selected an outstanding person to provide solid leadership during this time of transition."

Klaus and his wife Lois have made their home near Table Rock Lake in southwest Missouri. They have two grown daughters, Victoria Klaus Goodwin and her husband Clint (Oregon City, Oregon), and Olivia Klaus Moro and her husband Adam (Austin, Texas). The Klaus’ have two teenage grandchildren, Dara and Nolan Goodwin. Klaus and his wife will arrive to the Phoenixville campus in the coming weeks.