TIU Board of Regents Appoints Interim President

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The Board of Regents of Trinity International University has announced that Neil Nyberg (BA ’74), a member of the Board and its executive committee, has been appointed interim president of the university, effective July 1, 2013.

“It is an honor to have been selected as interim president by the TIU Board of Regents and to have the opportunity to serve my alma mater in this capacity,” Nyberg said.

Mr. Nyberg retired from Kellogg Company in 2010 as its vice president and chief ethics and compliance officer, a position he had held since 2002. He joined Kellogg in 1979 as a staff attorney, and was promoted to senior attorney in 1983 and to corporate counsel in 1985. In 1987, he became the company’s director of corporate communications.

He relocated to Manchester, England, in 1995 where he served as director, corporate affairs–Europe. In 1998, he was promoted to vice president of global communications and returned to the company’s headquarters in Battle Creek, Michigan. He became the company’s chief ethics officer and was named vice president, corporate affairs in 2001.

Mr. Nyberg has deep roots at Trinity. He has served on the Board alongside TIU’s leadership for more than 15 years, chairing the Board’s latest strategic planning process, as well as co-chairing Trinity’s most recent comprehensive campaign, which raised over $21 million, the capstone of which was the completion of the Waybright Student Center.

Not only did his parents and siblings attend TIU, his siblings’ spouses; his wife, Rebecca; three of his children; his children’s spouses; and several of his extended family are also alumni. After earning a bachelor’s degree with high honors from Trinity College, he went on to complete a juris doctorate from Southern Illinois University School of Law. Following graduation, Nyberg served as a law clerk for the Honorable Richard Mills of the Illinois Appellate Court before joining Kellogg.

“We are fortunate that we’ve been able to move forward in our plan to provide continuity and clear direction to the university,” TIU Board Chair Robert Kleinschmidt (’76–’79) said. “Neil understands the current issues facing Trinity both internally and externally, and has a strong commitment to its mission to educate men and women to engage in God’s redemptive work in the world by cultivating academic excellence, Christian faithfulness, and lifelong learning.”

The Board of Regents has formed a search committee—made up of EFCA leadership, Board, and TIU faculty members—which will begin its work to secure a president immediately. The Trinity community can be kept abreast of its progress by visiting tiu.edu/president.

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