MBU names new vice president for Student Development

After a national search, Missouri Baptist University President Dr. Keith Ross has named Dr. Benjamin Lion as the new vice president of Student Development.

Dr. Ben Lion, incoming MBU Vice President of Student Development

As vice president, Lion will lead efforts to further advance the University as a leader of faith-based student services and wellness. Lion currently serves as the dean of students at Valencia College’s West Campus in Orlando, Florida.

Lion received a Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Administration from the University of Alabama, a Master of Education in College Student Affairs from Azusa Pacific University, Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Calvin University.

“Dr. Lion will provide vision, leadership and spiritual formation as the University continues to strengthen and expand student development initiatives,” said Dr. Ross.

Throughout his career, Lion has equipped college students by focusing on the whole student through an integrated student life and academic experience. He brings a depth of understanding of Christian higher education, previously serving at Azusa Pacific University and Belmont University before working at Florida State College at Jacksonville and Valencia College.  Lion is skilled and experienced in implementing innovative partnerships and programs which effectively equips students for success.

“My family and I are beyond excited to join the Missouri Baptist University community and invest in the lives of students seeking to advance Kingdom work,” said Lion. “I am impressed by the University’s commitment to ensuring a vibrant Christian worldview is integrated at all levels of academic rigor and throughout the environment in order to enhances a student’s ability to grow intellectually, socially, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.”

Ben and his wife, Lori, have three children Isabella (8), William (7) and Eleanor (3).