Principal at Shenandoah Valley Academy

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John Wagner

The Potomac Conference Administration is pleased to announce that  Dr. John Wagner, currently the president of Union College in Lincoln, Neb., has agreed to accept the position of principal at Shenandoah Valley Academy in New Market, Va.

Many people are unaware that Dr. Wagner is a graduate of SVA.  Upon his graduation, Dr. Wagner attended Washington Missionary College (Md.), now Washington Adventist University, for one year then transferred to Atlantic Union College (Mass.) where he received his B.A. in Biology and Religion.  He then attended Andrews University (Mich.) where he received an M.A. in Counseling and Guidance.  Dr. Wagner served as Dean of Boys at two academies and was principal at both Madison Academy in Tennessee and Forest Lake Academy in Florida.  He also oversaw 26 schools as the superintendent of schools within the Rocky Mountain Conference.

Dr. Wagner received his Ed. D. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Florida in 1978, shortly thereafter joining the faculty at Union College as Vice President/Dean.  Dr. Wagner went on to serve as President of both Southern  College (Tenn.) and Union College (Neb.), the President and CEO of The Joseph E. Mertz Memorial Educational Foundation, Inc. in Indianapolis, Ind. and President and CEO of Prevent Blindness Indiana.

More recently, Dr. Wagner was the Pastor for Administration at the Sligo SDA Church in Takoma Park, Md. from February, 2007 through August, 2011. Union College invited him to be the interim president in August of 2011, subsequently asking him to be their President, the position he is currently serving.

The Potomac Conference looks forward to seeing what God has in store for SVA through the leadership of Dr. Wagner and appreciates the experience and perspective he will provide.  We ask for your continued prayers as the new administration moves forward in the coming year.



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