Dr. David F. Turk,
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Turk has an extensive relationship with Nyack, which began when he enrolled for undergraduate studies and subsequently completed his bachelor's degree in English in 1975. He later earned both his M.A. and Ph.D. in English at New York University.
He served as Nyack's director of Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), 1978-1984; English Department professor, 1978-1997; chair of the English Department, 1992-1997; director of Nyack's Drama Ensemble, 1984-1997; and dean/vice president for Nyack College New York City 1997-2002.
In Nyack's English Department, Dr. Turk has taught 20 different courses, specializing in Shakespeare and Milton. He has also directed 20 plays and musicals. In addition, he has led numerous student groups for studies in London, England and regularly leads book discussions at public libraries.
Dr. David C. Jennings,
Executive Vice President and Treasurer
David C. Jennings is the Executive Vice President and Treasurer for Nyack College, a position he has held since 1998. His wide-ranging portfolio includes responsibility for the following functions: business services, budget and management analysis, outside counsel, real estate, investment and risk management functions, student financial services, human resources, auxiliary services, NCAA Division II athletics, facilities management, and information technology departments.
During his tenure at Nyack, Mr. Jennings has led a variety of initiatives to support Nyack's operations at multiple campuses. Most recently, he successfully negotiated the lease of the Battery Park Campus and managed the construction of the property build-out, and coordinated the physical move between campuses. He has strategically increased physical assets with purchases and a swap for 26 additional acres of properties adjacent to the Nyack, NY campus. Under his financial leadership, Nyack College’s annual operating budget has grown from $17 million to $50 million and the endowment has grown from $3 million to $10 million.
Mr. Jennings started with Nyack College in 1991 as the Director of Campus Services. In 1996, he became Vice President of Advancement where he provided leadership to the fundraising and promotion areas of the College.
Mr. Jennings served as the Interim President of Nyack College during the 2005/2006 academic year. It was during that time that the College received a $1 million lead gift to launch the Cheryl Phenicie School of Nursing. Mr. Jennings managed the plans and implementation of the construction of the nursing labs, classrooms, and faculty suite. He has also been instrumental in developing relationships that have led to strategic gifts for other key initiatives and projects.
Mr. Jennings has applied his administrative strengths to community service for the poor. In 1996, he served as a catalyst to launch a ministry in the Philippines that has given birth to several educational and micro-business ventures. In 2000, in conjunction with a team of others, he started a health ministry in Elmhurst, NY. Today, he is the Executive Director of the New Life Community Health Center that utilizes a volunteer staffing model to provide nearly 2,000 annual medical and dental visits to immigrants, homeless, and the uninsured for free.In 2003, Mr. Jennings received an honorary doctorate from Ebenezer Bible College and Seminary in Zamboanga City, Philippines. He has been married to his wife, Cindy, for 29 years. They reside in Nyack, NY with their daughter, Hannah.
Dr. Ronald Walborn,
Dean, Alliance Theological Seminary
Dr. Walborn was appointed dean of the seminary in 2008. He has been a member of the Board of Directors for The Christian and Missionary Alliance since May 2005.
In 1984, he earned an undergraduate degree in history at Nyack College and a Master of Divinity at Alliance Theological Seminary in 1988. Dr. Walborn has pastored C&MA churches in Connecticut and California. He planted Risen King Community Church in Redding, CA in 1989. While living in Redding for 10 years, he completed his doctoral studies at Fuller Theological Seminary.
After a time in church leadership, he returned to Nyack and grew the Pastoral Ministry program into one of the largest divisions at the college. His passion for connecting the lost to the love of God and his commitment to bringing renewal to the church make him a popular guest speaker at retreats, conferences, camps, and mega-churches.