J. Richard Chase

J. Richard Chase (1930–2010) was the sixth president of Biola University in California from 1970 to 1982 and the sixth President of Wheaton College in Illinois from 1982 to 1993.

J. Richard Chase grew up on a dairy farm in Oxnard, California and graduated from Biola University. Biola President Samuel Sutherland mentored Chase, and Chase married Sutherland's daughter in 1950. He graduated from Biola in 1951 with a degree in theology, and then attended Pepperdine University where he received a bachelor's and master's degree. Chase graduated with a Ph.D. in speech from Cornell University. He then taught at Biola in the speech department while leading a church in Hollywood, before being appointed president of the university in 1970. After serving as President of Biola for twelve years, Chase was appointed as president of Wheaton College in 1982 where he served as president for eleven years, seeking to attract students and maintain the university's academic standards and biblical values.[1] After leaving Wheaton's presidency, Chase taught courses at Tyndale Seminary in the Netherlands from 1993 to 2003.[2] [3]

Chase is the great-great-nephew of American politician and jurist Salmon P. Chase.


  1. http://wheaton.edu/About-Wheaton/History
  2. "J. Richard Chase, 1930-2010: Former president of Wheaton College Known for successful capital campaign, strong relationships with faculty and students," Chicago Tribune, 8/22/2010 http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2010-08-22/features/ct-met-chase-obit-0823-20100822_1_doctoral-program-wheaton-college-blanchard-hall
  3. http://a2z.my.wheaton.edu/college-presidents/j-richard-chase (accessed February 17, 2013)
Academic offices
Preceded by
Hudson Armerding
President of Wheaton College
Succeeded by
Duane Litfin

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