Announcement of Appointment of Interim President of PIU

On behalf of the PIU Board of Trustees, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Rev. Howard Merrell as Interim President of the Pacific Islands University, effective March 10. This decision was approved at the Annual Board Meeting on March 7-9, 2017. Rev. Merrel has taken over as Interim President after replacing Dr. David Owen, who is presently on medical leave.

Rev. Merrell has previously served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of PIU. He was ordained by the Community Bible Church of Posen, Illinois. He served as Pastor of the Covington Bible Church, Virginia from 1973 until the present and held the title of “Pastor”, “Senior Pastor”, “Co-Pastor”, “Associate Pastor” and now “Pastor Emeritus”.

He earned a Bachelor of Theology degree from Appalachian Bible College and Baptist Bible College in 1974 and finished his Master of Arts in Religion at Liberty Seminary, Lynchburg, Virginias in 1995.

Please join us in welcoming Rev. Howard Merrell. He will be an outstanding addition to our university community and a tremendous resource for our students.