The University of Pikeville has hired Burton Webb, an administrator at Northwest Nazarene University, as its next president.
Webb, vice president for academic affairs at Northwest Nazarene in Nampa, Idaho, will take office as president of UPike on Jan. 1.
UPike board of trustees chairman Terry Dotson said the board's vote to hire Webb was unanimous.
"Burton has the vision and leadership skills to lead us into the next decade," Dotson said in a statement. "He understands the role the university will play, not only in the future development of education in our region but in the future role of economic growth for our community."
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Webb spent 16 years at Indiana Wesleyan University, where he held several positions, including associate dean for the School of Physical and Applied Sciences, chairman of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and interim dean for the College of the Arts and Sciences.
He earned a bachelor's degree in zoology from Olivet Nazarene University, a master's degree in biology from Ball State University and a doctorate in microbiology and immunology from Indiana University School of Medicine.
In a statement, Webb said he and his wife, Kay, feel called to join UPike.
"The university is well positioned to continue to fulfill its mission as the 'Leading University of Central Appalachia,'" Webb said. "We are passionate about that mission and excited to join the Pikeville community."
UPike has 2,500 students with colleges of osteopathic medicine and optometry. The most recent president, James Hurley, resigned in April after two years on the job.