Board of Trustees

Jarvis Christian University Board of Trustees 2022-2023

The first Jarvis Christian University governing board was organized in 1929, and was called the Texas Advisory Board. Membership consisted of prominent members of the Christian Church, who advised the university on policy. In 1958, Jarvis Christian University began operation under the Board of Higher Education of the Disciples of Christ and the Board of Fundamental Education. The creation of this 18-member board brought an end to the designation of Jarvis Christian University as a mission institution. The current structure was created in December 1974, to include representatives from the student body, the Jarvis Christian University/Southern Christian Institute National Alumni and Ex-Students Association, and the faculty. 


Mr. Torry L. Edwards, Chair

Mr. William F. Fisher, III, Vice Chair

Mr. Glenn R. Etienne, Treasurer

Mr. Kenneth Gwyn, Secretary


Ms. LeKetia L. Blair

Rev. Dani Cartwright

Ms. Deborah Mitchell

Rev. Bernard (Chris) Dorsey

Maj. Gen. John Phillips

Dr. Kent Willis

President, National Alumni Association

President, Faculty Governance

President, Student Government Association 

Jarvis Christian University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500, or visit for questions about the accreditation of Jarvis Christian University. To view PDFs, you may download Adobe Reader here.