The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, January 04, 2022 1:00 am

Interim president named at Grace

Teevan takes over as stroke hastened Katip's retirement

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Grace College has an interim president after its leader decided to retire earlier at the advice of his doctors.

John Teevan, who has taught various courses at Grace since 2000, took over Saturday, the Winona Lake institution said Monday.

Bill Katip announced in September plans to retire in June after almost 10 years as president, but he suffered a stroke less than a month later and moved up his retirement. He will continue in the role of senior adviser through the upcoming presidential transition and the next school year, the college said in a news release.

“I am making great progress physically, but at the recommendation of my doctors, I announce my retirement as president as of Dec. 16, 2021,” Katip said in a statement.

The Grace College & Seminary Board of Trustees appointed Teevan to the interim post. Daniel Renner, board chair, said the trustees are thankful he was willing to step in.

“John's understanding of the Grace culture provides the stable leadership presence we need right now,” Renner said in a statement.

Teevan earned two graduate degrees – Doctorate of Ministry and a Master of Divinity – from Grace Theological Seminary and a bachelor's degree in economics from Princeton University, the release said.

“I am honored to serve my alma mater for this interim period,” Teevan said in a statement. “Bill Katip is a friend and has been a wonderful president for Grace. I have had a front seat to watch his innovative and collaborative approach to education – and it has truly been remarkable. ”

CarterBaldwin Executive Search is helping find Katip's permanent successor. The national search is on schedule, the release said, and an announcement is expected before the end of the academic year.

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