New Higher Education Executive Selected


By General Board of Higher Education Ministry

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) has selected Rev. Dr. Edward Roslof as associate general secretary for the Division of Higher Education. Dr. Roslof will join the agency January 1, 2016.

As an executive officer, Dr. Roslof will oversee all functions of the Division of Higher Education and provide leadership for strategic planning and implementation of new programmatic initiatives for the division. Dr. Roslof will oversee and guide the work of the three program sections of the division: the Black College Fund and Ethnic Concerns, Collegiate Ministries, and Schools, Colleges and Universities.  He will also serve on various committees and boards in support of the division’s work, including:  University Senate, National Association of Schools and Colleges of The United Methodist Church (NASCUMC), International Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges, and Universities (IAMSCU), United Methodist Higher Education Foundation, Investment Committee, and sub-committee on Higher Education of the Council of Bishops.

Dr. Roslof is an ordained elder in the California-Pacific Annual Conference and has been serving as the senior director of the MIT-Skoltech Initiative, Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Russia.  He has also served as executive director, Council for International Exchange of Scholars, and vice president, Institute of International Education; director, Humphrey Fellowship Program, Institute of International Education; director of the Fulbright Program in the Russian Federation and head of Russia Representative Office, Institute of International Education; associate professor of Church History (tenured), United Theological Seminary; dean of masters studies and in-context programs, United Theological Seminary; director of admissions, United Theological Seminary; visiting lecturer in the History of Christianity, Harvard Divinity School; history instructor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and history teacher, Iolani School, Honolulu, Hawaii.  Dr. Roslof’s experience also includes pastoral positions in Hawaii.

Dr. Roslof has a bachelor of arts from UCLA with a major in Slavic languages.  His undergraduate education includes one year at both MIT and one year at Drew University.  He holds a master of divinity degree from Claremont School of Theology, as well as a master of arts in Russian history from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  Dr. Roslof earned his Ph.D. in Russian History from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. Roslof has written numerous articles, books and book reviews, earning him many academic honors and awards.

About GBHEM: As the leadership development agency of The United Methodist Church, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s mission is preparing global leaders for a global church and the world. Every elder, deacon and licensed local pastor benefits from our training and candidacy programs. Many young adults find help in clarifying their vocation and God’s call on their lives through our leadership and discernment programs. Follow us on Twitter: @GBHEM.