Office of the President
Dr. Joseph Castleberry
Ed.D Columbia University, 1999
M.Div. Princeton Theological Seminary, 1988
B.A. Evangel University, 1983
University of North Alabama, 1979
President Joseph Castleberry, Northwest University's 6th president, was elected in 2007. Prior to that he was the Academic Dean of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary and served as a missionary to Latin America for 20 years.
I recently visited a community where my ancestors lived from 1845 until the 1930s. Nothing is left of the community except a white clapboard Baptist church and its cemetery—where four generations of my family lie buried.
Part 1 of this blog entry involved a single-case observation of family leadership transfer and an attempt to derive general principles from that case. To test my observations, I sent the piece to my friend David W. Barnett, whose parents “discipled” him in business leadership and inspired him to pursue a PhD dissertation in leadership at Benedictine University.
“According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, about 90 percent of American businesses are family-owned or controlled.” (https://www.inc.com/encyclopedia/family-owned-businesses.html). That statistic apparently offers an impressive hope for the future prosperity of many families, but in fact, “less than one-third of family-owned businesses survive the transition from the first generation of ownership to the second, and only 13 percent . . . remain in the family over 60 years.” Clearly, in America, the transfer of business leadership within families faces significant challenges.