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John Weaver was announced as Florida College's new president on Feb. 10.
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Florida College names John Weaver as next president

The current academic dean of the college and a preacher in the area, Weaver will take over the top spot in June.

John Weaver will be the sixth president of Florida College, the Temple Terrace, Fla., school announced on Feb. 10. The college is associated primarily with non-institutional Churches of Christ and only accepts support from individual Christians, not churches.


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In June, Weaver will take over the job from Buddy Payne, who has served as the college’s president for 12 years. Weaver holds a doctorate in New Testament and early Christianity from Emory University and is currently Florida College’s academic dean as well as a preacher in the area.

Craig Hodges, chair of the search committee, described Weaver as a “mature, spiritually sound leader who is committed to faithfully maintain the mission of Florida College.

“That commitment will serve our students,” he continued, “both today in the future, to become stronger kingdom citizens in their lives.”

Weaver comes from a line of Florida College alumni. He attended for a time, as did his parents and grandparents — including the college’s second president, James Cope. His wife, Vivi, is also an alumna, and one of his five children is a current student.

“As president, I can assure you that the college will remain firm to its foundation, allegiant to Jesus Christ, submissive to the pattern of sound teaching in the Holy Scriptures and committed to educating youth for service to God and neighbor,” Weaver said in a statement on the college’s website.

For more information, see Florida College’s announcement.

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