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Meet the President

Dr. Michael Salmeier in front of Lansdell Hall.

Dr. Michael Salmeier, Interim President


Michael Salmeier has over 18 years of experience in higher education, all of which have been in Christian higher education. He began his service at Bluefield University in August 2022 as the Provost (a role he continues to hold) and became the Interim President on January 1, 2024.

Before he arrived at Bluefield University, Michael was Registrar and Director of Enrolled Student Services at Asbury Theological Seminary. Before that, he spent 15 years at Life Pacific University, 10 of those years as the Chief Academic Officer. He has taught at various institutions throughout his career.

Michael received his Bachelor of Science degree in business management at the University of Idaho, a Bachelor of Theology from Life Pacific University, a Master of Arts in New Testament and Theology from Biola University and a Doctor of Philosophy in Theology from the University of Oxford.

Michael authored the book, Restoring the Kingdom: The Role of God as the ‘Ordainer of Times and Seasons’ in the Acts of the Apostles, which explores Luke’s characterization of God in three strands: God as the King who establishes and restores Israel’s king, who establishes his people, and who directs events.

Michael is an avid sports fan. He is married to Jonelle Salmeier, and they have two children, Ariana and Alexander.

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