Presidential Transition

Letter from Dr. Paul Wright

Jerusalem University College President


To the friends and family of Jerusalem University College,

Diane and I will be retiring from our positions at Jerusalem University College at the end of July 2021, after nearly twenty-five years in Jerusalem. We will be relocating to the Midwest US to live near our children and grandchildren.

The passage of time plays tricks on our mind. It seems like we arrived just a short while ago, rather than serving over a period of time that spans one-third of JUC’s history.

We have enjoyed meeting many thousands of students, friends, supporters, and colleagues over the years, and have gained an intimacy with the landed context of the world of the Bible in the process.

Jerusalem University College plays a powerful role in Christian higher education. The Middle East may, at times, be volatile (that’s one of many things that makes Jerusalem interesting), but the university that I—that we—love and serve remains steadfast in its vision, constant in its mission, and secure in its ability to carry on the task of helping students grasp the reality of the Bible.

We join you in praying for discernment as JUC’s board of directors seeks the next president of this strategic institution.

With blessings,

Paul and Diane Wright

Letter From Dr. Bryan Beyer 

Presidential Search Committee Chairman


Dear Jerusalem University College Associated Schools and Friends,

I am writing to inform you we have reached a bittersweet moment in the history of JUC. In 1997, Dr. Paul Wright and his wife Diane joined the JUC team, and since then, they have served faithfully in various roles. Most recently, of course, Paul has served with distinction as JUC’s president, while Diane has assisted by overseeing much of the day-to-day on-campus operations. They truly make a great team!

A few years ago, Paul and the JUC board of directors began a conversation about a leadership transition when the time came for Paul and Diane to retire from their respective ministries. The conversation has led to the conclusion that summer 2021 is the right time for this transition. The Wrights plan to relocate to the USA, where they will live near their children and grandchildren.

The JUC board of directors has launched a search to secure the next president; our goal is to have Paul’s successor named early enough to provide for a suitable period of transition prior to the Wrights’ departure for the States.

Paul also has informed the board he is quite open to maintaining a ministry stateside on behalf of JUC, and we consider this good news! We together are contemplating what that will look like.

On behalf of the board of directors, I ask that you join us in asking the Lord to oversee our search process and to provide us the president of his choosing. Also join us in praying for the Wrights as they complete their service in Jerusalem and transition to the USA.


Bryan Beyer, Chair, Presidential Search Committee Chairman

Presidential Transition Updates



JANUARY 15 - Presidential Candidate Application Deadline


SEPTEMBER - Board of Directors began accepting Presidential Candidate Applications

JUNE - Presidential Search Committee created a presidential profile and updated job description

MAY - Presidential Search Committee appointed by the Board of Directors 
APRIL - Dr. Wright announced his desired transition timeline to the board