Trinity International University installed Dr. Robert Herron as dean yesterday. Herron has been around the world in the service of God through Christian Higher education and scholarly research. And he’s been instrumental in the growth of two Christians colleges. Now, Herron will be putting those skills to work as he develops programs and expands the reach of Trinity International University.
Herron arrived on campus earlier this summer. He celebrated his installation yesterday with his family, the campus community, and a bowl of his native Louisianan jambalaya.
Dr. Herron’s official title is senior vice president for academic affairs and dean of Trinity College and Trinity Graduate School. He comes to Trinity with a passion for and more than 30 years experience in Christian higher education. Most recently, he was provost of Waynesburg University in Pennsylvania. He also served as vice president for academic affairs at Southeastern University in
Florida, where he chaired the committee that oversaw the transition from college to university status, and presided over the expansion of the academic sector as it grew from 990 students to over 3,000 students in just 8 years. The campus is excited to see Dr. Herron put his skills to work here at Trinity.
Dr. Herron has earned an M.A. in Humanities from Western Kentucky University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Rice University. He was a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Christian Origins at the University of Tübingen in Germany. His main area of scholarly research is the Gospel of Mark, and he has studied with Markan scholars William Lane, Werner
Kelber, and Martin Hengel, and Swiss theologian Hans Küng. Herron is also a graduate of the Management Development Program at Harvard University.
After studying in Germany, Dr. Herron returned to his alma mater, Lee University in Tennessee. There, he rose from the rank of assistant professor to associate academic dean and eventually vice president and executive assistant to the president. During that period, the university grew from 1,200 students to over 4,000 students.
Dr. Herron has studied, taught, and led student and faculty programs on five continents. His passion for and experience with study abroad led to a two-term appointment on the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities’ Student Academic Programs Commission.
Dr. Herron is a native of Louisiana and an ordained minister. His wife of 32 years, Diane, is a National Board Certified science teacher and environmental specialist. Their son, Robert W. Herron, III, is married and works as an attorney in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and their daughter, Tifanny Danielle Herron, directs an early youth intervention program in Florida.