Dr. Jim Bond, president of Point Loma Nazarene College, was elected general superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene at the denomination’s 24th General Assembly in San Antonio, Texas, on June 25. Bond is one of six general superintendents, the highest elected position in the 1.2 million member denomination. He was inducted in ceremonies on the evening of June 25 and his responsibilities began immediately.
The executive committee of the college’s board of trustees is appointing a search committee to choose Bond’s successor.
Dr. Jim Bond has served as president of Point Loma Nazarene College since 1983. Prior to being elected president, he was assistant to the president of the college. Dr. Bond earned his bachelor of arts degree from Pasadena College, the forerunner to Point Loma Nazarene College, in 1959; the master of divinity degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary in 1962; and the doctor of ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1993.
Under Bond’s leadership the college has set new enrollment records which represent a 33% overall increase. Concurrent with the increased enrollment there have been growth and quality enhancements in key academic offerings. The stature of these programs has enabled the school to gain national recognition in areas such as teacher education, nursing and undergraduate preparation for medical school.
Other achievements of President Bond include the development of a Centennial Campus Master Plan. Six major construction projects on campus have been completed\endash Brown Chapel, Fermanian Business Center, Married Student Housing, Ryan Learning Center, Cooper Music Center, and Nicholson Commons (scheduled to open in fall 1997).
Bond has served on several national and state higher education boards including the executive committee of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, the Coalition of Christian Colleges and Universities, the American Association of Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities, and the Council of Presidents of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.