Dr. Deana L. Porterfield, President

Dr. 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 Radel has been at Roberts and Northeastern since 2000. She holds an associate’s degree in human services from Monroe Community College. Patti’s husband, William, is the director of administrative support at the University of Rochester. Bill and Patti have two daughters who are both Roberts graduates. Part-time work during her years as “career mom” included: owner and seamstress of a bridal business, real estate assistant and admissions assistant at Northeastern Seminary.

Darryl Smith, Administrative Secretary to the President

Darryl Smith has been at Roberts and Northeastern since 2008. She is a life-long resident of Albion, NY. She graduated from Houghton College with a BS in Church Ministries and has served in various church leadership positions. She and her husband are the parents of six children and are now enjoying eight grandchildren. Eight of her family members are Robert’s alumni or current students.