Dr. Gentry Sutton’s recent promotion to Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer marks a significant milestone. Throughout his tenure, Dr. Sutton has consistently exemplified outstanding leadership and an unwavering dedication to academic excellence. With this new responsibility, we are confident that Dr. Sutton will continue to propel our academic initiatives forward, nurturing innovation, faith integration, and collaboration across our campus.

Under his guidance, Warner successfully navigated its reaccreditation process last year, securing an additional ten years with flying colors. The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), a vital component of accreditation, received high praise from the visiting team, thanks in large part to Dr. Sutton’s leadership. The QEP’s emphasis on illuminating the “why” behind pivotal first-year courses underscores Dr. Sutton’s commitment to student success. He attributes the success of the QEP presentation to Dr. Sara Kane, the dedicated QEP chair, and a diligent committee.

Prior to joining the Warner leadership team, Dr. Sutton held various key roles at Oklahoma Wesleyan University, including Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. His extensive experience also includes positions at Sterling College in Sterling, Kansas, where he served as an Assistant Professor of English and held two associate dean roles.

“Dr. Sutton has been working in higher education for more than 25 years,” remarked David Hoag, President of Warner University. “During his five-year tenure at Warner, he has significantly advanced our institution on multiple fronts. His efforts to refine our statement of faith, grounded in God’s truth, reflect his deep commitment. Additionally, his astute application of biblical principles to contemporary issues and his collaboration with faculty on faith integration initiatives have been instrumental. Moreover, his initiative in launching and cultivating new programs showcases his remarkable ‘Academic Agility.’ His promotion is well deserved, and I look forward to seeing him continue to thrive at Warner University.”

“Warner has become a place that many in central Florida trust for a truly Christian education that is not dictated by cultural trends but is anchored instead in God’s unchanging character and Word,” noted Dr. Sutton. “I hope that I can help spread that reputation to greater Florida and the region, and I want to more actively promote Warner’s amazing faculty as thought leaders within the Christian community.”