Dr. David Janzen serves as Tabor College’s 14th president.

Janzen is a 1990 graduate of Tabor, majoring in mathematics and computer science. He was a full-time faculty member at California Polytechnic State University from 2006-21, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses. He served as its software engineering coordinator in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering.

Dr. David Janzen
14th president of Tabor College

He was also adjunct faculty in computer science at Westmont College in Montecito, Calif., from August to December 2020. He previously worked in the software industry with Sprint from 1993-97, then taught at Bethel College from 1997-2006 and the University of Kansas from 1991-93 and 2004-06. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science during his stay in Lawrence, Kan.

He is the co-founder of Steadfast Innovation LLC, which created the handwriting note-taking application, Squid for Android and ChromeOS pen-based devices. Squid has over five million downloads, is a Google Play Editor’s Choice and was featured by Google as one of the top eight applications for education. The application led to strategic partnerships across the technology industry, including Microsoft and Google, among others.

He has published 38 peer-reviewed journal or conference papers and been awarded over $1M in research or outreach funding including three NSF grants. His research has spanned from empirical studies of software engineering practices to innovation and analysis of pedagogical techniques. His PhD dissertation examined Test-Driven Development, resulting in a top three placement in the Grand FInals of the ACM Student Research Competition. He served as a Faculty Fellow with Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and as a technology consultant with the San Luis Obispo Small Business Development Center.

Janzen is a native of Independence Kan., and Enid, Okla. His wife Karen attended Tabor College (1986-88) before graduating from Fresno Pacific University (1990) and obtaining a Master of Music in choral conducting from Northern Arizona University (1992).  All four of their parents and each of their siblings, four total, also attended the school. Their oldest son Alexander is a recent Bluejay graduate (2017) and is the oldest of four adult children, including June, Simon, and Amber.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is charged by the owners of Tabor College – the churches of the Central, Southern, Latin American and North Carolina district conferences of the U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches – to assure that the mission of the college is being fulfilled, to establish policies which will guide the faculty and staff in providing programs and services, to appoint a chief executive (president) to implement their policies and manage programs, and to monitor the effectiveness of all programs and services.

In carrying out these responsibilities, the Board of Directors meets at least three times per year. They work in committees to monitor the affairs of the college, receive reports from the president regarding the operations of the college and evaluate the performance of the president. These meetings assure that the mission of Tabor College is being fulfilled and the policies are being properly administered.

Board Emeritus Members:

  • Richard Gramza
  • Lee Jost
  • Loretta Jost
  • David Karber
  • Dr. Vernon Kliewer
  • Brent Kroeker
  • Bryan Kroeker
  • Elaine Kroeker
  • Joyce Loewen
  • Dr. William Loewen
  • Rolando Mireles
  • Nick Rempel
  • Virgil Thiessen
  • Lyndon Vix
  • David Wiebe

Executive Team

Board Members

Wendell Loewen

Wendell Loewen, D.Min.

Professor of Youth, Church & Culture / Faith Front Director / Faculty Representative to the Board / Faculty Athletics Representative