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 enrollment growth, Midway University launched four renovation and construction projects including additional housing in Pinkerton Hall, the Hunter Field House, the Tracy Farmer-Don Ball Stadium, and a new Welcome Center in a renovated Marrs Hall. All projects have been funded through a 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.
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.