Thomson, Johnson named Dean of Student Life and Provost for Tabor

HILLSBORO, Kan.—Tabor College has named Ian Thomson dean of student life and promoted Dr. Frank Johnson to the provost. Thomson will assume the role after the fall women’s soccer season. Johnson’s appointment is effective immediately.

“I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve Tabor and its students,” Thomson said. “Spending the last ten years as head soccer coach at my alma mater has been an honor and a privilege. Entering my last season as Tabor’s coach is bittersweet, but I am eager to see how God will use me in my new role as dean of student life.”

After four seasons as head women’s soccer coach at Independence Community College, Thomson returned to Hillsboro in January 2014. He served as student government and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) sponsor at ICC.

He currently serves as KCAC chair for women’s soccer and director of the Hillsboro Youth Soccer Academy while also coaching for McPherson FC in McPherson, Kan.

Thomson earned his B.A. in graphic design at Tabor in 2006. He completed his M.S. in recreation and sport science, concentration in soccer coaching education, at the University of Ohio in May 2020.

A decorated executive with 28 years in higher education, Johnson was named vice president of academic affairs and Title IX coordinator at Tabor in 2010. He was later appointed executive vice president of academic affairs and compliance in July 2018.

Johnson’s selection as provost comes after one year as interim dean of student life. The department will now sit under him, leading to his newest title in senior administration.

“Over the last 13 years, Dr. Johnson has been vital to our growth and sustainability as a college,” President David Janzen, Ph.D., said. “When we had a void in student life last summer, he stepped up to the challenge and admirably served our students.”

Before coming to Tabor, Johnson served as special assistant to the president for institutional planning, strategy, and research at Goshen College (Ind.)

He taught history at MidAmerica Nazarene University (Kan.) and had brief stints in administration at Mount Vernon Nazarene University (Ohio) and Sterling College (Kan.)

Johnson earned his B.A. in history education at Olivet Nazarene University in 1986. He completed his M.A. in U.S. history in 1991 and earned his Ph.D. at Michigan State University in 1996.

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