Excelsia College (formerly Wesley Institute) is going from strength-to-strength. Within the last two months, Excelsia held the Grand Opening of its new campus in Sydney’s Macquarie Park and launched the Lumen Research Institute in association with Indiana Wesleyan University to facilitate global research. Excelsia also took its first steps to creating a Business School with the accreditation of its PhD in Organisational Leadership and the appointment of Professor Felix Tan to the key role of Head of the School of Business. Prof Tan and his wife, Hazel, have moved to Sydney from Auckland where they were members of East City Wesleyan Church and Felix held the position of Professor and ead of the Department of Business Information Systems at Auckland University of Technology.
Vice Chancellor for Asia-Pacific, Professor Bridget Aitchison, said, “We are very excited that Prof Tan has joined the faculty here at Excelsia College. Felix is an award-winning and internationally recognised scholar who will bring excellence in academic and strategic leadership of the School of Business, including curriculum innovation, and a commitment to student development and high quality research and scholarship. I am also pleased that Felix and Hazel are part of our Wesleyan family.”
Professor Tan has a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University. On graduation, he relocated to Auckland, where he held roles in consultancy with Arthur Young and IT management with Goodman Fielder Wattie. He then embarked on his academic career at the University of Auckland’s School of Business before joining Auckland University of Technology as Professor, where he held roles such as Head of Department/School, Associate Dean of Research, Director of Research Management and Head of the University Research Office.
With a Master of Philosophy (1st Class Honours), a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Auckland and 12 years’ experience at Auckland University of Technology, which includes experience in building a discipline from a “clean slate”, Professor Tan will be a great asset to Excelsia College and its students.
Professor Tan brings strength in his research, post-graduate student supervision and curriculum development mix. He is known internationally for his work in global IT, serving as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Global Information Management from 1998 to 2012. He has many publications to his name, including top-tier journal articles, book chapters and edited books. He has 25 years of University experience in New Zealand, USA, Canada and Singapore.
For the School of Business, the PhD in Organisational Leadership is just the first of many planned courses. It is hoped that in the future the College will offer undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in various areas of specialisation as there is a need for business graduates with an ethical and values-based framework that comes from the integration of Christian faith.
As well as Prof Tan, other high quality academic staff are being drawn by God to be part of this ministry. Dr Lotte Latukefu recently joined Excelsia as the Head of the Music Program and Paul Krust joined the College as Director of Quality.
The partnership between Excelsia College and Indiana Wesleyan University is the beginning of the formation of a global Christian learning community. Excelsia has plans to create new degree programs across its fields of study encompassing Education, Counselling, Drama, Music and Business as part of its trajectory to achieve University College, then University, status. Excelsia College hopes to invest in the lives of young people by sharing the light of knowledge and the light of Christ.