After receiving his master?s degree from the Univer?sity of Kansas in 1950, Wesley J. Prieb began his career as an English teacher at Tabor. He was known to give informative and insightful lectures, blending scholarly reading of the literary text with the historical context of that text. From 1960-76 he became the academic dean, twice held the position of acting president, and was interim president. His leadership led to the successful application for NCA accreditation in 1961. Prieb developed an evangelical Anabaptist base, avoiding extremist vocabulary that might alienate those with a more fundamentalist approach. When he returned to teaching in 1976 he told the View that his service in administration had risen out of a sense of duty. ?I?m not a professional administrator by training or preference. Reflective thinking and dialoguing with people is my bag.? In 1983 Prieb co-wrote ?To a Higher Plane of Vision: Tabor College?The First 75 Years? with Don Ratzlaff, managing editor of The Christian leader.
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