Tyndale’s New Dean of the University College

Tyndale’s New Dean of the University College

A Spotlight on Dr. Douglas Loney

Dr. Douglas Loney, Vice President Academic, Dean of the University College
Doug was Professor of English and served in many administrative roles at Redeemer University College over 26 years, including Dean of Arts and Sciences. He enjoys bringing what we think and believe together. “I grew up in a home where we took seriously the idea that faith in Christ should be our motive for everything in life, including the ground of what we thought and felt about the world. But in the church context we were part of made a sharp distinction between ‘Christian service’ and the life of the mind—they didn't acknowledge that Christ's claim over each of us includes what we think and even how we think. I have tried ever since to bring those two things together, and serving in a place like Tyndale is the perfect fit,” says Loney.

Dr. Doug LoneyDuring his university years Doug thought he was headed for law school. While in graduate school, doing an M.A. in English Literature, Doug’s supervisor was also the academic dean, whom he came to know very well. Though he never set out to be an academic he found that he was being drawn to university teaching and research. “After that, it’s a matter of whatever gifts God gives coming together with the opportunities that come your way, and of course the encouragement of those you work with,” says Doug. Doug’s PhD dissertation was entitled "Reality, Truth and Perspective in the Fiction of C.S. Lewis” so it’s no surprise that among the small pile of books he is constantly dipping into, Lewis is usually represented. However, in that pile there might also be something on travel, sailing, scuba diving, woodworking, building/renovating, a detective novel, something about a subject he is teaching or is thinking about teaching, as well as theology.

It’s as if that pile of books represents his desire to bring the life of his mind and a life of service together. Doug is excited about the people he’s met at Tyndale and is looking forward to working with them through this interesting and exciting time in Tyndale’s history. We look forward to his efforts to help us bring our minds and our service together.