Office of the President

The Inauguration of Robert A. Cushman Jr., Ph.D.

Dr. Bob Cushman, Ph.D.

On May 11, 2017, the Pacific Union College Board of Trustees announced Dr. Robert A. Cushman Jr. was selected as the new president of Pacific Union College. Dr. Cushman is the college’s twenty-third president.

PUC is honored to host Dr. Cushman’s inauguration on Friday, April 20, at 10 a.m., in the PUC Church sanctuary. A reception will immediately follow.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to our campus for this special celebration.

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On May 11, 2017, the Pacific Union College Board of Trustees announced Dr. Robert A. Cushman Jr. was selected as the new president of Pacific Union College. Previously, Cushman served as the vice president for academic administration for Walla Walla University in Walla Walla, Wash., and has spent the last 26 years in Adventist education serving in various capacities. He began his presidency on July 1, 2017, and is the college’s twenty-third president in its 135-year history.

Dr. Cushman received his bachelor’s degree in biology at Walla Walla College (now University) in 1979; his master’s degree in geology at Loma Linda University in 1983; and his Ph.D. in geology from the Colorado School of Mines in 1994.

After spending several years as a geologist and paleontologist, Dr. Cushman felt God’s calling to education, and in 1994 went to Loma Linda University to teach. In the 12 years he was there, he wore many hats: assistant professor, associate department chair, and the department chair of the department of earth and biological sciences. He conducted research in Western Colorado and Wyoming, and advised graduate student research. Additionally, under his administrative duties, he oversaw the department’s budget and coordinated the undergraduate geology program.

In 2006, Dr. Cushman went to El Dorado Adventist School, where he took on the role of vice principal while teaching grades 7-12, as well as coaching men’s varsity basketball. He was there for two years before he accepted a position as professor of paleobiology at Walla Walla University in the department of biological sciences.

Dr. Cushman taught in the department of biological sciences and served as department chair for four years before accepting the position of vice president for academic administration at Walla Walla University in 2012. During his four and a half years as vice president, Dr. Cushman provided administrative and academic leadership while coordinating all formal instructional services of the university. He hired nearly 40 faculty members and also implemented a new student evaluation process.

“Dr. Cushman is a passionate leader highly respected among his peers, and a man of great integrity and commitment to Adventist education,” said Bradford Newton, board chair and executive secretary of the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. “Dr. Cushman’s experience as a senior administrator, faculty member, and researcher gives him a unique appreciation of the distinctive blend of the liberal arts and pre-professional programs that define the PUC experience.”

Dr. Cushman is a passionate Adventist educator who looks forward to helping PUC as the college continues to develop its new strategic plan. His commitment to collaborative efforts and willingness to partner with faculty, staff, and students, makes him a great addition to the college’s administration team.