Having worked in this position for the past year, Dr. Ebner Zhou has taken the position of full-time president of the University and Seminary Master.
The board of directors unanimously confirmed Chow as the next president in March, and the move took effect on May 6th.
Zhou, a favorite professor and fellow of John F. MacArthur, is the school’s fourth president in 63 years. He graduated from TMU and TMS, and since 2007 is a lecturer at the Department of Biblical Studies of TMU.
For many years, Zhou served at the university on committees on strategic planning, faculty promotion, accreditation standards, and technology. It has also been crucial in creating several donor-funded scholarships.
Recently, Zhou was the chief translator of the standard Bible.
Jonathan Rourke, chairman of the board, believes that Zhou’s Christian character, academic credentials and history with the university and seminary make him an ideal option for the presidency.
“It is his loyalty to the leadership of this ministry and humility as the head of the ministry that nominates him as the person who will lead the university and the seminary,” Rourke said.
Zhou called it an “honor” to run an institution that, since 1927, has remained committed to honoring Christ and subordinating all things to His infallible Word.
“This commitment drives all aspects of campus life,” Chow said, “from classroom to dormitory, to student life, to collaborative curricula, and to how staff interact with our students. Everything is guided by our commitment to Christ and the Holy Scriptures. ”
Becoming interim president in 2021, Zhou maintains close ties with the TMU student corps, continuing to conduct classes and meet with students on Friday afternoons to answer a variety of questions. Monthly questions and answers were marked “Talk to Zhou”.
“We need to be very careful that we not only defend the mission or advance the mission, but that we really carry out the mission,” Chow said. “Our mission is to invest in the lives of young people and shape them, ultimately, to Christ, to please Christ in all things. So we have to get involved in that. We have to be in the trenches. “
At TMU, Zhou taught a variety of Bible and theological studies, including Greek, Hebrew, an Old Testament review, and the fundamentals of Christian thought. He also created and led the five-year BA / M.Div. A program that allows students to earn a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies at TMU and a master’s degree in theology at TMS.
In 2017, in recognition of his commitment to academic success and theology, Zhou became the first and only fully funded research department of TMU, serving as a John F. MacArthur Fellow. Zhou’s main task in this position is to ensure the doctrinal integrity of TMU through influencing research, writing, and teaching.
In addition to guiding the translation of the Old and New Testaments for the Hereditary Standard Bible, Zhou is the author of numerous publications and is a widely sought-after plenary speaker and guest lecturer at conferences, universities and seminaries.
In all this, Zhou remained extremely modest.
“What has been evident in all his years of service here is his incredible humility,” said Dr. John Stead, TMU’s executive vice president.
Rourke agreed with this mood.
“It’s rare to find a person who has so much ability and responsibility, but also so much humility,” Rourke said.
Zhou’s presidency takes place in an era of growth at TMU. The Accredited College of Humanities recently added majors in interdisciplinary research, sports management, mechanical engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, and entrepreneurial studies.
TMU has also completed numerous campus upgrades in recent years, including renovating dormitories, classrooms, Powell Library and Under the Oaks. Earlier this year, the school announced the purchase of nine properties, expanding its housing capacity to achieve record growth in the number of applicants.
In the previous two fall semesters TMU has welcomed new students to levels not previously on the Newhall campus. Another big class is expected to arrive in the fall of 2022.
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