Johnson University Provost and Dean Appointments 2017

Johnson University is pleased to announce Dr. Jon Weatherly as the next Vice President for AcademicDr. Jon Weatherly Affairs and Provost and Dr. Mark Ziese as Dean of the School of Bible and Theology. Both Dr. Weatherly and Dr. Ziese will begin serving in their respective roles January 2, 2018.
Dr. Weatherly is a graduate of Cincinnati Christian University (B.A; M.A.), Trinity International University (M.Div.), and the University of Aberdeen (Ph.D.). He has distinguished himself as an excellent teacher, scholar, and administrator. Dr. Weatherly served at Cincinnati Christian University as the Chair of the Biblical Studies Division (1996-2001), Academic Dean of the College (2001-2013), and Vice President for Academic Affairs (2007-2013) and brings a wealth of experience in academic administration. Dr. Weatherly has served as the Dean of the School of Bible and Theology at Johnson since July of 2013.
"Part of what makes this exciting is the opportunity to work with [Johnson’s faculty and staff]," Weatherly said to faculty after the announcement. "I came here because I believe that Johnson University is uniquely situated to accomplish important things."
Dr. Ziese has an impressive record as a teacher, having taught with great success for a quarter century, and as a scholar, with multiple publications and other contributions to biblical and archaeological studies.
Dr. Mark ZieseHe earned a B.B.L in Biblical Studies from Ozark Christian College, an M.A. in Biblical Studies/Old Testament from Cincinnati Christian University, an M.A. with emphasis in Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near East from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and a Ph.D. in Religion from Andrews University (TN).
He was the professor of Old Testament at Cincinnati Christian University for more than twenty years and served as the Preaching Minister at Petersburg (KY) Christian Church. He recently moved from Johnson’s campus in Kissimmee, Florida, to the campus in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he is Professor of Old Testament.  In addition, he has been exploring, excavating, and presenting the archaeological record of Bible Lands since 1984. His blog may be accessed at
Dr. Weatherly commented on Dr. Ziese’s appointment, “Mark Ziese is among the most knowledgeable and talented biblical scholars with whom I have worked. Respected and beloved by students and colleagues, he will provide thoughtful leadership for Johnson University's School of Bible and Theology.”
Ziese remarked, “I am honored to serve in a place where biblical study and theological reflection has a rich heritage. Carrying those values forward and finding new applications for them in the lives of the next generation of learners is an exciting challenge.”
Johnson University has been a leader in Christian higher education since 1893. The University is listed on Forbes magazine’s “100 Most Financially Fit Colleges,” and among the nation’s “Top Christian Colleges” by Niche. The University offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs across three campuses – Tennessee (Knoxville), Florida (Kissimmee), and Online – as well as localized ExtendEd sites across the country.
Contact: Richard Clark, Vice President for External Relations, Johnson University, 865-251-2327
Posted: 12/4/2017 4:29:33 PM


Opinions expressed are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent those of Johnson University.