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Robert Duffett, President of Eastern University
Dr. Robert G. Duffett, President of Eastern University since July 1, 2013, has served in a variety of leadership roles in Christian higher education for the past 27 years.
Dr. Duffett’s long relationship with Eastern University began when his pastor, an Eastern University graduate, encouraged him to pursue a career in ministry at his alma mater. Duffett reported, “I looked seriously at Eastern, but I wanted to play football even more, and Eastern didn’t field a football team.” He landed instead at Bethel College where he played football for two years and found his future wife, Connie, a life-long American Baptist. Her two uncles, both Palmer Seminary of Eastern University graduates, married them.
A native of Youngstown, OH, Dr. Duffett attained his Bachelor of Arts in psychology and Greek from Bethel College, St. Paul, MN. His Master of Divinity degree was earned at Bethel Theological Seminary. His Master of Theological Studies degree in theology and communication hails from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his PhD in organizational theory/management and historical theology was secured at the University of Iowa. Bob and his wife, Connie, have a son and a daughter, both in college.