Grace College & Seminary Celebrates Inauguration of 6th President
As part of the week’s Homecoming festivities, Grace College & Seminary celebrated the inauguration of Dr. William J. Katip as its new president on Friday, November 1. The inauguration ceremony took place at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center at 10:00 a.m., followed by a community reception and luncheon for family and close friends.
“This special occasion marked an important turning point in the history of Grace College,” said Jim Custer, chair of the Board of Trustees. “Grace is positioned for tremendous influence and success in bringing quality Christian education to students of all backgrounds, and we are delighted to welcome Dr. Katip into this crucial leadership role as we move forward.”
Dr. Katip has a long and significant history with Grace as a former student, instructor, board member, and administrator. He began his higher education career at Grace in 1974 and served for nine years. In 1983, he left to serve in various administrative positions at several other colleges, and in 2005 was elected to serve on the Board of Trustees at Grace. Two years later, President Manahan selected him to serve as provost of Grace Schools. His 24 years at other institutions prepared him to partner with Dr. Manahan during some of the most economically challenging times the school has faced. His support to the institution has been invaluable in guiding Grace through many innovative changes since 2007, including the implementation of three commuter locations in the Midwest and the three-year accelerated degree program.
Dr. Katip earned his B.A. in Bible and psychology from Grace College, M.S. in clinical psychology from Purdue University, and Ph.D. in higher education administration from Michigan State University. He is a member of the Breakfast Optimist Club, currently sits on the board of directors for the Kosciusko Economic Development Corporation (KEDCO), and is on the board of directors for OrthoWorx in Warsaw, Ind.
“I am grateful for a president with a heart that is deeply devoted to God, a passion for excellence, and a commitment to our historic, theological heritage,” said Dr. Jeffrey Gill, vice president and dean of the seminary and the school of ministry studies. “It is a joy to be partnering with him in this exciting season at Grace.”