Meet Dr. Deana Porterfield!

Meet Dr. Deana Porterfield

deana porterfield

What a joy to be serving as president of Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary! 150 years ago B.T. and Ellen Roberts founded Chili Seminary. They envisioned a place that would educate women and men of character. The enduring influence of this couple anchored in their faith and listening to the call of God has impacted thousands of women and men over these last 150 years. I love to hear the stories of campus life, as experienced by our alumni years ago, but even more, I am energized by today’s students who have found here on this campus opportunity for personal growth, rigorous academic challenge and opportunities for service – students who learn to connect their head to their heart and engage their hands. Together we are committed to continuing the vision of educating for character, and I believe our future is bright with hope!

Facebook instagram twitterlinkedin

Prior to Roberts and Northeastern, President Porterfield served at Azusa Pacific University for 26 years in various roles, including Vice President for Enrollment Management, Chief of Staff, Senior Vice President for People and Organizational Development and Executive Vice President of the online university. Originally from Watsonville, California, President Porterfield earned a doctorate in organizational leadership from the University of La Verne in La Verne, CA. She also holds a master's degree in organizational management and a bachelor's degree in music from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA.

In the Community

Dr. Porterfield talks with Bob Lonsberry

August 2016
Dr. Porterfield talks about higher education on WHAM 1180

Rochester, NY Area Presidents

September 2016
See what Dr. Porterfield had to say about Roberts as we roll out a new school year.

Dr. Porterfield takes 3rd in Charity Race

August 2016
NASCAR star Kurt Busch raced go-karts against a group of Rochester business executives
Read More

Roberts Launches “Justice & Security Institute”

September 2016
Institute to House Newly Created Greater Rochester Public Strategic Diversity Initiative
Read More

Career in Brief

1988: B.A., Music Education, Azusa Pacific University

1996: M.A., Organizational Management, Azusa Pacific University

2003 – 2009: Vice President for Enrollment Management, Azusa Pacific University

2008 – 2009: Chief of Staff, Azusa Pacific University

2009 – 2012: Senior Vice President for People and Organizational Development, Azusa Pacific University

2012 – 2014: Executive Vice President, Azusa Pacific Online University

2013: Ed.D, Organizational Leadership, University of La Verne

2014: President, Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary