Dr. Kent Ingle
President, Southeastern University
BA in Broadcast Journalism, Vanguard University
Dr. Kent Ingle serves as the president of Southeastern University (SEU) in Lakeland, Florida. Under his leadership, the university has made tremendous strides. In the fall of 2014, SEU brought in its largest freshman cohort in school history. In addition, this fall, the university witnessed the largest enrollment since its founding in 1935.
During Dr. Ingle’s tenure, SEU has seen significant change. SEU has successfully implemented a shared governance model, added dozens of new academic and athletic programs and dramatically increased its enrollment. In the fall of 2014, SEU launched the first season of Fire football in its newly completed state-of-the-art football stadium. In addition, construction is underway on the new College of Natural & Health Sciences Building.
Under Dr. Ingle’s leadership, the Southeastern University board of trustees unanimously approved phase two of the master plan in November 2014. This initiative will include a new state-of-the-art, 44,000-square-foot Administration and Athletics Operations Building; a 120,000-square-foot Live/Learn Facility; a new parking garage; and an eight-lane NCAA track and field facility. Phase two is expected to be completed within 18 to 24 months.
Dr. Ingle has a heart for students. He is passionate about educating and preparing students for Christ-centered leadership and service. The SEU faculty and staff are excited about the university’s continued academic and spiritual growth under his leadership.
Before becoming SEU’s president in 2011, Dr. Ingle served as the dean for the College of Ministry at Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington. Dr. Ingle’s professional ministry experience includes eight years as a college professor and 15 years of pastoral leadership to two congregations — one in Los Angeles and the other in Chicago.
His pastoral focus was to lead turnaround churches. He loved helping people discover their unique, God-given design, which they then used to make a significant contribution to a Christ-centered, missional ministry in the surrounding community.
Prior to entering professional ministry, Dr. Ingle spent 10 years as a television sports anchor for NBC and CBS. He started as an anchor at the age of 18 in Bakersfield, California, and finished his career in Los Angeles. He covered many professional sports teams and interviewed hundreds of notable people in the professional sports world, including Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Pete Rose, Muhammad Ali and Carl Lewis.
An ordained Assemblies of God minister since 1988, Dr. Ingle earned a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from Vanguard University of Southern California and later completed his Master of Theological Studies, also at Vanguard. He received his Doctor of Ministry degree from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, Missouri.