Presidential Transition

Learn more about Dr. Oliver Hersey, the 11th president of JUC.

Office of the President

Dr. Oliver Hersey began serving as the eleventh president of Jerusalem University College on August 1, 2021. Having been shaped by his own experiences in the Holy Land, Dr. Hersey desires to help students better understand the Bible by providing them with opportunities to study in Israel the geographical, cultural, and historical contexts of God’s Word. He is a pastor in the Reformed Church of America, previously serving as the Director of Discipleship and Teaching at Calvary Church in Orland Park, IL. With over 20 years of combined experience in fields related to education, research, pastoring, coaching and management, Dr. Hersey is driven to help grow both people and organizations for service in God’s kingdom.

Dr. Hersey earned his B.A. in Secondary Education: Mathematics and Spanish from Calvin College; his M.A. in Biblical Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Languages (Summa Cum Laude) from Trinity International University; and his Ph.D. in Theological Studies: Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern History and Languages from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Throughout the course of his education, he received multiple awards for his leadership and academic research.

Dr. Hersey is married to Andra Hersey, who is an LCSW with over 15 years of experience serving in schools and private practice. They are the proud parents of two children. As a family, the Herseys enjoy playing sports, dancing, hiking, and exploring new places.

JUC's Board of Directors

JUC’s board of directors safeguards the financial and academic health of the school. To help accomplish this goal, the board consists of members that represent the fields of academics, business, finance, law, service industry, church work, and missions. Three members are elected by the JUC Consortium to represent the interests of the associated schools. Together, the persons who serve on JUC’s board of directors ensure a healthy, custodial approach to governance. They meet as a body two times per year, once in November and once in the spring.

JUC's Board of Directors

Dr. Bryan E. Beyer

Columbia, SC

Dr. John M. Monson

Vice Chair, Secretary
Deerfield, IL

Dr. Dan Sterkenburg

Cedarville, OH

Mrs. Dianne H. Benton

Austin, TX

Mrs. Delaine Blackwell

Irmo, SC

Mr. Scott Bolinder

Grand Rapids, MI

Dr. James R. Briggs

Lansdale, PA

Dr. Michael Harbin

Upland, IN

Judge John A. Mantooth

Purcell, OK

Dr. Boyd Seevers

St. Paul, MN

Dr. Herbert Jacobsen

Lords Valley, PA