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Scott Lisea Joining Westmont as Campus Pastor

April 24, 2018 by Elaine Rottman

Dr. Scott Lisea, Providence head of school, has accepted the offer to serve as campus pastor and assistant to the president for community and church relations at Westmont College, effective July 1, 2018.

A month ago, Dr. Lisea informed the Providence board of directors that he would not be returning after the close of this school year.

Board member Kathy Ireland says, “The Providence family congratulates Dr. Lisea on this meaningful position at Westmont College. Working closely with our board chair, Randy Clark, Dr. Lisea initiated dynamic, transformational programs for which we are forever grateful.

As Lisea explained in his resignation letter to the Board and in his address to the faculty and students, he is reluctant to leave Providence but feels called to another exceptional opportunity for Christian service uniquely aligned with his passions and skills. He and his wife, Jamie, both graduated from Westmont, and have sent two of their three sons to the Christian liberal arts college here in Santa Barbara. Jamie looks forward to being available to students on the Westmont campus.

“This has been a very difficult decision for me and Jamie,” Lisea said, “and it is with great sadness that I leave this role at Providence. This is a wonderful community and we have been privileged to be part of it.”  

Dr. Lisea remains involved with the Transition Team charged with implementing the merger between Providence and El Montecito School San Roque (ELMO), which was unanimously decided by the boards of directors of the two schools last week. Dr. Tim Loomer, currently head of school at ELMO, will serve as interim head of school for the merged entity, Providence School, while the new school’s board of directors conducts a search for a leader for the long term.

Dr. Liseas achievements in his three years at Providence include expanding the membership of the board of directors, making key administrative and faculty hires, raising substantial funds to ensure the school’s future, implementing a financial sustainability plan, leading the school’s efforts to identify permanent properties, mentoring leaders, teaching a high school Bible course, revamping the high school retreat experience, enhancing campus security and emergency preparedness, facilitating the merger with ELMO, and writing the alma mater song, “Oh, Providence!” (Not to mention breaking in the new Pat the Patriot mascot costume.)

“We wish him well and are deeply grateful for the leadership he has provided for the past three years,” says Randy Clark, chair of the Providence board of directors.“We will miss him personally and will miss the significant strengths he contributed to our school.”