Office of the President

It is a privilege to serve as the President of Cairn University, my alma mater. It is also a privilege to personally share with you who we are and what we are doing as we walk a different path. Let me encourage you to visit the website often and my From the President pages. The articles, chapel messages, blogs, and other items will give you a good sense of the mission and vision of the University as well as a window into the latest developments, plans, projects and ideas. These are exciting days at Cairn and I hope you will be encouraged by what you see and hear.

 

Todd J. Williams, Ph.D.

2018 marks 10 years since Dr. Todd Williams took on the role of Cairn University president. During his inaugural address in 2008, Dr. Williams stated, “The University has stood firm, but has never stood still.” In 2016 Cairn launched Forward: The Campaign for Cairn University, a three-year capital campaign to raise funds for the development of new academic programs, scholarships, community gathering spaces, and an athletics complex. The campaign tagline? “Standing firm, but not standing still.” In the years that Dr. Williams has served at Cairn, he has embodied this tagline as a committed leader and visionary.

During his inaugural address in 2008, Dr. Williams stated, “The University has stood firm, but has never stood still.” In 2016 Cairn launched Forward: The Campaign for Cairn University, a three-year capital campaign to raise funds for the development of new academic programs, scholarships, community gathering spaces, and an athletics complex. The campaign tagline? “Standing firm, but not standing still.” In the years that Dr. Williams has served at Cairn, he has embodied this tagline as a committed leader and visionary.

2018 marks 10 years since Dr. Todd Williams took on the role of Cairn University president.

  • Todd fulfills the mission of the University in his own life—he is the most biblically minded person I know. With his wisdom, leadership, and guidance he has served the Lord and Cairn extremely well, and we are fortunate to have him as our president.

    Brian G. Toews Provost
  • Dr. Williams has been president during a time when change is required, and extraordinary insight, courage, decisiveness, and tenacity are essential to lead through this change while still remaining true to our mission. I believe the Lord put Todd in place “for such a time as this” and I am grateful that he has continued to be faithful to that calling.

    Betty Jane Hess Chair of Cairn’s Board of Trustees
  • In the 10 years that Dr. Williams has served as president of Cairn, he has become a leading voice in managing change. I believe—“for such a time as this”—God brought him back to lead Cairn. While many Christian colleges and universities are in crisis across the country, Dr. Williams has the ability to wisely challenge the status quo and explore new options that will honor the Lord and continue the mission of the University.

    Elizabeth Mason Givens Secretary of Cairn’s Board of Trustees
  • I am grateful to the Lord for Dr. Williams’ ministry at Cairn, as president for 10 years and as a professor and academic leader for many years prior. He has consistently exhibited perceptive and dedicated institutional leadership, but what has struck me the most is his concern for individuals—especially his abiding love for the students. This full-orbed interest in the students animates his decision-making and serves as a model to all of us.

    Dr. Jonathan Master Professor and Dean of Cairn’s School of Divinity
  • Leadership discussions involving individuals often focus on the style the person exhibits in leading change. While the responder and manager are both highly functional change agents the “Initiator” is noted as a person of strong core beliefs, with clear long range goals and the ability to instill in others strong expectations. It has been my pleasure to work alongside Todd Williams in his ten years of presidential leadership. He has celebrated our past, sustained our current mission and strives to lead us forward with the style of an Initiator. Cairn is moving “Forward” with a capital campaign and a new strategic plan. Dr. Williams is well equipped to lead us forward and equip us for the calling we have in God’s work.

    Scott Cawood Sr. VP for Student Affairs and Administration

About Todd J. Williams, Ph.D.

Prior to his appointment as President of Cairn University in 2008, Dr. Todd J. Williams served as Senior Vice President and Provost for the University. From 2001 until 2005 he served as Headmaster and CEO of Trinity Christian School of Fairfax, outside Washington D.C. where he successfully led that school in the development of a new campus. While in northern Virginia, Dr. Williams also served as visiting lecturer for the Witherspoon Fellowship in Washington D.C.

From 1999-2001 he served as Vice President and Academic Dean for Undergraduate Education at Cairn where he began his educational career as a faculty member teaching social sciences in the School of Arts and Sciences. He holds a B.S. in Bible degree from Cairn University, a M.Ed. and a Ph.D. from Temple University in Philadelphia. Dr. Williams is an experienced educator, CEO, fundraiser, and organizational development consultant. He also serves as a visiting lecturer and speaker on cultural and professional issues. He is the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the John Jay Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Williams and his wife, Dawn, have two grown children, Connor and Caitlin.

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Speaking Engagements

Cairn University President, Dr. Todd J. Williams, is available for speaking engagements throughout the year. With years of experience as a professor and administrator, Dr. Williams is an effective communicator who articulates the value of biblical wisdom and its integration into all of life and learning.

He has knowledge and experience that cover a variety of critical issues and relevant subjects and is available to speak about the following topics:

  • Mission Driven Leadership and Decision Making
  • Cultivating an Organizational Climate for Change
  • Nimbleness and Organizational Sustainability in the New Economy
  • Leadership in Crisis Situations
  • The Concept of a Commonwealth and Why It Matters to Business and Society
  • Christianity and Culture
  • The Christian Mind
  • The Critical Need for Biblical Wisdom
  • Why Virtue Matters
  • Historical and Biographical Leadership Lessons
  • The Habitual Life of Virtue
  • Ethics and Integrity in Contemporary Society
  • Pulpit Supply
  • Bible Teaching

Contact president@cairn.edu for more information.

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