PAU appoints first national deputy VC

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Dr Lalen Simeon.

After 33 years of operation, Pacific Adventist University has appointed its first Papua New Guinean deputy vice chancellor.

Dr Lalen Simeon, who hails from Mussau Island in the New Ireland Province, has replaced Dr Jeff Crocombe, who returned to Australia at the end of 2017.

Dr Simeon is a former PAU lecturer and most recently served as director of post graduate programs. She graduated with a doctoral degree in education in 2005 from the University of Wollongong (NSW) and is married to Andrew Simeon from Irupara, Central Province.

Dr Simeon acknowledges that it is the call of God to be serving Him as deputy vice chancellor, which she plans to do with respect and great humility.

“Of the five administrative officers of this university, three are female,” said Pastor Thomas Davai, director of student services for PAU and former Papua New Guinea Union Mission president.

“The Church is truly heading in the right direction by promoting equality in many leadership positions.”