Full Inauguration Schedule of Events

Download a paper copy of the schedule here.

Tabor College has also released a COVID update ahead of the Inauguration.

The ceremony will also be live-streamed at 7 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 23

Journey Back to Tabor College

9 a.m.-3 p.m.
All Tabor students, faculty, staff, and community are invited to a come-and-go walkthrough event featuring the Janzens’ journey from Tabor and back again. Be sure to join us at 2 p.m. for a special App demonstration with David and Karen.
Shari Flaming Education Commons, second floor of Tabor College Library

Friday, Sept. 24

Campus Tours

11 a.m.-4 p.m.
All are welcome and invited to tour campus ahead of the day’s festivities. Golf cart and walking tours are available.

Delegate & ceremony participant check-in

3:30-4:45 p.m.
Regier Atrium, Shari Flaming Center for the Arts

Hors d’oeuvres for Inauguration Dinner

5 p.m.
Regier Atrium, Shari Flaming Center for the Arts

Inauguration Dinner

5:30 p.m.
Prieb Harder Theater, Shari Flaming Center for the Arts
By invitation only, reservations required

Inauguration Preparation

6:30-6:45 p.m.
Delegates and ceremony participants, robing lineup
Vogel Choral Room, Shari Flaming Center for the Arts

Procession line-up

6:50 p.m.
Regier Atrium, Shari Flaming Center for the Arts

Presidential Inauguration Ceremony: Dr. David S. Janzen (g’90)

7 p.m.
All are welcome to attend, reservations are not required
Doors open at 6:15 p.m.
Richert Auditorium, Shari Flaming Center for the Arts

Dessert Reception

8:15 p.m.
All ceremony guests are invited to stay for the dessert reception
Regier Atrium, Shari Flaming Center for the Arts

Saturday, Sept. 25

Class Reunion

10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Calling all graduates of the class of 1990. Come enjoy a morning of re-connecting with your classmates and an opportunity to greet President David and Karen Janzen. There will be a class picture at 10:45 a.m. and campus tours will be available at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will open in the dining hall at 12 p.m. If you’d like to participate digitally via ZOOM, email miriamkliewer@tabor.edu for more information.
Executive Conference Room, second floor, Shari Flaming Welcome Center

Details finalized for Inauguration of President David Janzen

The Inauguration of Tabor College’s 14th president, Dr. David S. Janzen, is set for Friday, Sept. 24. The day’s festivities will take place inside the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts. An invitation-only dinner will open the schedule at 5 p.m. in the Prieb Harder Theater. It will be followed by a 7 p.m. ceremony in the Richert Auditorium and a dessert reception in the Regier Atrium.

“We are very excited to formally welcome Dr. Janzen as Tabor’s next president,” said Susan Franz Koslowsky, Tabor board chair. “The inauguration is a way to not only honor and anticipate his leadership, but to also recognize the heritage of Tabor and the legacy that has been built by so many strong and faithful leaders that came before him.”

The theme of the evening, “Compelled by grace, Called to obedience, Christ in us” is built through Psalm 19:7-14 and Ephesians 3:14-21. It represents three pillars behind Dr. Janzen’s presidency, serving as the “motivation, action, and result” of standing on the Christ-centered mission of Tabor College. It also serves as a celebration of what God has, is, and will do through its alumni, students, faculty, and staff.

Bryce Unruh (g’91) will serve as the emcee of the dinner and inauguration ceremony. He was a classmate of Dr. Janzen’s at Tabor, majoring in mathematics during his stay on campus. He is a part of the research faculty at the University of Colorado-Boulder and has over 25 years of experience as an aerospace software engineer, including leadership roles in NASA for the Spitzer Space Telescope and Kepler Mission.

Mike Jordahl, senior vice president and national staff recruiting leader for The Navigators, accepted Dr. Janzen’s invitation to serve as the keynote speaker of the Sept. 24 ceremony. Jordahl was a mentor of the president while he completed his M.S. in computer science at the University of Kansas (1991-93). He has also served The Navigators for 40 years, helping the organization share the gospel of Jesus and help people grow in their relationship with Him through Life-to-Life discipleship, creating spiritual generations of believers.

Pastor Mark Isaac (g’84) of New Life Community Church in Dinuba, Calif., will give the closing prayer and blessing for his brother-in-law, Dr. Janzen, and sister, Karen. One other familial tie will be Kristin (Janzen) Wiebe (g‘87), who will read the evening’s opening scripture.

Tabor performing arts will also participate in the inauguration ceremony. The concert choir will perform commissioned music by Dr. Chris Teichler, director of instrumental music. The concert choir will be conducted by Dr. Greg Zielke (g’79), arts director and director of choirs. The Contemporary Christian Worship Team will perform “Be Thou My Vision”, playing an arrangement by Ascend the Hill.

A full list of confirmed guests and speakers, including former Tabor College presidents, will be released at a later date.

Dr. Janzen is a 1990 graduate of Tabor College. His wife, Karen, attended Tabor (1986-88) before graduating from Fresno Pacific University (1990) and earning 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 Tabor. Their son Alexander (g’17) is the oldest of four adult children, including June, Simon and Amber.

Previous presidents at Tabor College, as well as interim, include: Henry W. Lohrenz (1908-31), Peter C. Hiebert (1932-34), Abraham E. Janzen (1935-42), Peter E. Schellenberg (1942-51), John N.C. Hiebert (1951-53), Leonard J. Franz (interim & full, 1953-54, 1956-62), Wesley J. Prieb (acting 1962-63), Roy Just (1963-80), Vernon Janzen (1980-87), Vernon Wiebe (interim, 1987-88), LeVon Balzer (1988-94), Clarence Hiebert (interim, 1994-95), David Brandt (1995-98), Larry Nikkel (1998-07), Jules Glanzer (2008-2021).

Janzen named president of Tabor College

Dr. David Janzen, named Tabor’s 14th president

HILLSBORO, Kan. – The Tabor College Board of Directors has selected Dr. David Janzen to serve as the 14th president of the college. He currently serves as professor and software engineering coordinator in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

His appointment will take effect on July 1, 2021, succeeding Dr. Jules Glanzer after serving as president for over 13 years.

“God continues to call people to His work through Tabor College,” Janzen said. “We are excited and passionate about the mission of Tabor, and we pray that God will glorify Himself through this important work.”

Board chair Susan Franz Koslowsky spoke of the board’s confidence in Janzen’s leadership, recognizing him for his authenticity, entrepreneurial spirit, humility and his vibrant faith in Jesus.

“We are thankful for the Lord’s leading in the search process and are very excited that Dr. Janzen has accepted our offer to serve as our next president,” Franz Koslowsky said. “David’s passion for Tabor and his love for the Lord are evident.”

Glanzer spoke of his interaction with Janzen and his family, celebrating his roots of faith and relationships within the Tabor community.

“I am impressed with Dr. Janzen’s curriculum vitae and look forward to turning over the stewardship of the college to him,” he said. “Over the years we have connected at various times, been in each other’s home for dinner and I find him to be a person of integrity and deep personal faith.”

Janzen, who is a 1990 graduate of Tabor College in mathematics and computer science, has been a full-time faculty member in his current position since 2006, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses. He was promoted to professor in June 2013 and he is also a Faculty Fellow with Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

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.

Janzen spoke of God’s faithfulness through his career, citing his excitement that it has led him back to Hillsboro.

“God has led me on a more exciting, purposeful and God-honoring adventure than I could have ever imagined,” Janzen added.

The newly-named president is also 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.

Janzen is also a consultant for the San Luis Obispo Small Business Development Center and is the owner, consultant and trainer of Simex. He created the “Java Essentials for Android” course which attracted over 10,000 subscribers. He also served as a consultant to California State University, San Marcos as it created and launched its undergraduate software engineering major.

“It has been a great privilege to work with some really bright, entrepreneurial technology experts over the years,” Janzen said. “… I’ve learned how to listen to customers and dream big, seeing how technology can improve the experiences of people.”

Janzen is a native of Independence Kan., and Enid, Okla. He and his wife Karen (Isaac) currently reside in Morro Bay, Calif.. 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.

“We’ve heard from so many immediate and extended family members that are so excited about our Tabor connections,” Janzen said. “… Many of them have gone to Tabor and there is a genuine excitement for us taking this role and that is so encouraging to me.”

Previous presidents at Tabor College include: Henry W. Lohrenz (1908-31), Peter C. Hiebert (1932-34), Abraham E. Janzen (1935-42), Peter E. Schellenberg (1942-51), John N.C. Hiebert (1951-53), Leonard J. Franz (interim & full, 1953-54, 1956-62), Wesley J. Prieb (acting 1962-63), Roy Just (1963-80), Vernon Janzen (1980-87), Vernon Wiebe (interim, 1987-88), LeVon Balzer (1988-94), Clarence Hiebert (interim, 1994-95), David Brandt (1995-98), Larry Nikkel (1998-07), Jules Glanzer (2008-present).

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