Dr. Byron Klaus Joins UVF as Interim President

by Sarah Cushing - University Communications | Jul 02, 2016
Dr. Byron Klaus
Dr. Byron Klaus
The University of Valley Forge officially welcomed Byron Klaus, D. Min., as interim president, ‚Äčon 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."