John P. Marsden, Ph.D. became the tenth president of Midway University on February 1, 2013. A transformational leader, he collaboratively managed a turnaround of Midway University through expansion of athletics and academic programs, coeducation, international partnerships, and financial stewardship. Following four years of significant enrollment growth, Midway University launched several renovation and construction projects including the Hunter Field House, Tracy Farmer-Don Ball Stadium, the conversion of Pinkerton Hall to a residence hall, bathroom renovations in Belle Wisdom Residence Hall, and a new Welcome Center in a renovated Marrs Hall. All projects have been funded through the Campaign of Opportunities, without incurring new debt.
Dr. Marsden’s success was recognized in 2018 by Bluegrass Tomorrow, an organization focused on quality of life in the 18-county Bluegrass Region, when he received the Excellence in Education Vision Award for his work at Midway University. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Washington, DC-based Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), on the Executive Committee and as Treasurer for the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU), and as Secretary for The Council of Colleges and Universities of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Dr. Marsden’s twenty-year career in higher education includes teaching a range of courses from the undergraduate level to the doctoral level; administration as a provost and head of university strategic planning; and authorship or co-authorship of four books in the areas of assisted living and dementia care settings as well as many book chapters, articles, and presentations. A first generation American, he was raised on Long Island, NY. He earned a B.Arch. with a minor in Industrial Management from Carnegie Mellon University, a M.Arch. and Graduate Certificate in Gerontology from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of Michigan. Dr. Marsden and Mrs. Margaret Marsden, a graduate of Auburn University School of Pharmacy, have one son, Will.