Brigham Young University–Hawaii Academic Vice President John Bell announced the appointment of Aaron Shumway as associate academic vice president for religious education, replacing Jennifer Lane, who is retiring from her position as dean of the Faculty of Religious Education. We express gratitude to Dr. Lane for her leadership and many contributions to religious education.
Dr. Shumway graduated from BYU–Hawaii in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. In 2000, he received a Juris Doctor degree from the Washington and Lee University School of Law. He has served as coordinator for Seminaries & Institutes of Religion for the past nine years and as an adjunct instructor in religious education for eight of those years.
Dr. Shumway spent most of his growing up years in Laie as well as some time in Nuku'alofa, Tonga while his father, Eric B. Shumway, served as president of the Tonga Nuku'alofa Mission. Dr. Shumway served in the Taiwan Taichung Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and later met and married Eliza May Villanueva. Together they have six children.
“I am thrilled to become a full-time member of the Faculty of Religious Education at BYU–Hawaii," says Dr. Shumway. "It’s a privilege to work with dedicated women and men who are passionate about helping students develop a mature faith in Jesus Christ and become lifelong disciples. I’m excited for the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead of us.”
Dr. Shumway will transition into his role at BYU–Hawaii during the coming months and will officially take office full-time on August 1. This new position complements the role of Academics to “integrate both spiritual and secular learning” as stated in the university mission statement.