Joy Fehr

President at La Sierra University

Joy Fehr

Joy Fehr

President at La Sierra University

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Joy A. Fehr began serving as La Sierra University’s fourth president on July 1, 2019. In response to the news of her appointment Dr. Fehr commented: “as La Sierra University moves into the future I look forward to discovering with the campus community how we can continue to ensure our students are best served, best educated and best prepared to be positive change agents—the conduits of God’s grace in their worlds.”

In her previous role as provost of La Sierra, Dr. Fehr created the Senior Leadership Team of academic leaders and university executives. The group has created a roadmap for growing the university’s enrollment and increasing net tuition revenue over the next three to five years. In support of the team’s work, she also led in the creation of the Strategic Enrollment Planning Council through which programs will be added and current programs evaluated based on a data-informed process.

Before she arrived at La Sierra University, Dr. Fehr served as dean of the arts division and award winning English professor at Burman University, previously known at Canadian University College. Before her academic career, she served as co-owner of Fehr West Industries Ltd., a mechanical mobile repair business, where she was responsible for key business decisions.

Her contributions to Adventist higher education include continued service on the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventist Church Higher Education Collaboration Taskforce, continued membership with the Association of Adventist Academic Administrators, and upcoming service in January with an Adventist Accrediting Association Visiting Team.

Dr. Fehr holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Calgary, including a Ph.D. in English Literature. She lives in Riverside with her husband, Cornelius.

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La Sierra University is a Seventh-day Adventist co-educational university located in Riverside, California, United States. La Sierra offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level degrees and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Adventist Accrediting Association (AAA). Founded in 1922 as La Sierra Academy, it later became La Sierra College, a liberal arts college, and then was merged into Loma Linda University in 1967. In 1990, La Sierra separated from Loma Linda University to become an independent institution.

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