Dr. Deana L. Porterfield, President

DeanaPorterfield.jpgDr. Deana L. Porterfield became the 11th President of Roberts Wesleyan College and the third President of Northeastern Seminary on July 1, 2014. 

President Porterfield is a visionary leader with a passion for Christian higher education. As the College prepares for its sesquicentennial in 2016, Porterfield believes Roberts and Northeastern are positioned to be beacons of light in the northeast. As President, she will direct the legacy of these institutions into the future with a focus on equipping students– not only current students, but also alumni - who bring together their minds, hearts and hands to serve and transform our world. 

Porterfield is a strong advocate of the ideas of B.T. Roberts, who, in 1866, founded Chili Seminary, which later became Roberts Wesleyan College. By providing the best education to develop students physically, psychologically, socially, rationally, and spiritually, the College and Seminary accomplish the motto of Education for Character and the mission of preparing Christ-centered men and women for faithful, effective ministry to the church and the world.

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President's Staff


Patricia M. Radel, Assistant to the President

Patti, mother of two Roberts graduates, has worked as an admissions assistant at Northeastern Seminary and a real estate assistant, and also owned her own bridal business.

Darryl Smith, Administrative Secretary

Darryl has served in a variety of church leadership positions and has assisted with her husband Tom's photography business.  Three of her sons are Roberts alumni.