Dr. Gordon Bietz is a graduate of La Sierra University. He began his career in Northern California and since has served as a teacher, pastor, conference president, and recently retired after 19 years as president of Southern Adventist University. In retirement, he serves the North American Division as a part-time associate director for Higher Education and the director of the Association of Adventist Colleges and Universities. He has masters and doctorate degrees from Andrew University, received a Merrill Fellowship from Harvard University , and the J.F. Kennedy school of Government. Dr. Bietz sees himself primarily as a pastor in whatever position he has held and enjoys sharing the love of God with people. He and Cynthia love spending time with the families of their twin daughters, who each have three children.