Olivet announces new executive vice president

Bourbonnais, Illinois

Olivet Nazarene University’s Board of Directors announced the appointment of David Pickering as the university’s executive vice president for Administration and Human Resources, effective immediately.

“Dr. Pickering is an outstanding administrator with a breadth of higher education experience,” said John Bowling, Olivet President. “His role as executive vice president will significantly strengthen the work of the university.”

Pickering provides additional senior administrative support and leadership and assists the university president and administrative team. He provides senior leadership to the Office of Human Resources and many of the administrative areas of the university.

“I have been blessed to be a part of Olivet for 28 years,” Pickering said. “I have had the opportunity to work half of my time directly with students and half of my time directly with employees. In both scenarios, the focus is on improving the educational experience that our students encounter.”

Pickering previously served as Olivet’s director of Business and Human Resources for 12 years and director of student accounts and business services for 15 years. The university has been recognized as a Best Christian Workplace every year during Pickering’s tenure in Human Resources. 

He received his doctorate in business administration in 2016 from Northcentral University. His master's in business administration (Finance and Financial Management Services) and Bachelor of Arts (Finance) are from Olivet. Pickering is a member of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, the Association of Business Administrators of Christian Colleges, and is Olivet’s 1995 Staff Member of the Year.

Pickering leads a weekly teenage basketball Bible club in his community, is active in his local church, and takes regular mission trips to Nigeria. 

--Olivet Nazarene University

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