Dr. J. Derek Halvorson, President

President Derek Halvorson

Dr. Derek Halvorson is Covenant College’s sixth president.


After graduating from Covenant in 1993, Dr. Halvorson spent time trading foreign currencies in Charlotte and Chicago. He returned to academia, earning a master's degree in history from the University of Arizona and a PhD in history from Loyola University Chicago. From 2003 to 2009, Dr. Halvorson served at Covenant as director of constituent relations and then as regional director of development. In 2009, he became president of Providence Christian College, where he served until 2012, when he was appointed president of Covenant College. 


Dr. Halvorson serves on the boards of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. 


He and his wife, Wendy, have a son, Banks, and a daughter, Whitman. The Halvorsons are members of Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church.