Wendy Liddell, Ph.D.

GNU President

Dr. Wendy Liddell is the founding President of Great Northern University. She was appointed President by the faculty of Great Northern University because of her scholarly background, career experience in academia, and honorable character. Her passion for education has been demonstrated in her experience as a math and science teacher, an assistant and associate Dean of Academics, and as a student in the focus of higher education.

Prior to joining the team that launched this Christian University, Dr. Liddell most recently served at Moody Bible Institute’s Spokane campus as the Associate Dean of Academics. In her roles at Moody Bible Institute, she helped lead and manage the Spokane campus and developed and co-led the Institute’s new faculty development program.

During her time at MBI, she earned her Ph.D from Azusa Pacific University, and now her research agenda is focused on the intersection of leadership, organizational change, and gender in higher education. She has given presentations at national conferences on subjects including the role of relational responsibility and women in leadership. She speaks to undergraduate students about the importance of higher education, and has given guidance on how to choose a major. Her speaking engagements, doctorate degree, research, and career advancement haven't stopped her from participating in the basics of education by working as a teacher as well.

Dr. Liddell was raised in a rural community in Idaho as the first of three children. A third-generation educational administrator, her specific passion for collegians was sparked during her time at University of Idaho. Since her graduation from college in the late 1990s, she and her husband Scott have served in collegiate ministry through local churches. Her transition from K-12 public education to collegiate education was prompted by a desire to further serve college-age students with her administrative and leadership gifts.

Dr. Liddell and her husband have lived in Spokane since 1998. They enjoy the scenic beauty of the Northwest, outdoor activities, reading, and serving the local community and the global church. They are members at Fourth Memorial Church where Scott serves as the Executive Pastor.

The Pacific Northwest area of the United States is one of the most unchurched regions in the nation. As a PNW native herself, Wendy would like to see faith-based higher education make a lasting impact here. She is extremely grateful to be a part of Great Northern University as it contributes to the Gospel’s influence in the area.


Washington State Continuing Teaching Certificate, Mathematics and Chemistry, 6-12


• International Leadership Association, 2011 – 2015, 2016 – present
• American Education Research Association, 2012 – 2015, 2016 – present
• Logan Neighborhood Council Member, Spokane City Government, 2016 – present


American Education Research Association, National Conference, April 2015, Roundtable Discussion Leader/Co-researcher, Motivators for Women to Consider Advancement into Senior-Level Leadership: The Role of Relational Responsibility

American Educational Research Association, National Conference, April 2014, Roundtable Discussion Co-presenter/Co-researcher, Implications of Organizational Culture on Women’s Leadership Aspirations and Experiences in Faith-Based Higher Education

International Leadership Association, National Conference, October 2014, Co-researcher, Women’s Leadership Development: The Role of Relational Responsibility in Emerging Theory

International Leadership Association Women and Leadership Conference, 2013, Co-presenter/Co-researcher, Women’s Leadership Aspirations in Male-Normed Cultures: What can we Learn from Christian Higher Education?

Education and Experience

• Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Azusa Pacific University, 2017
• M.A.T. in Teaching from Grand Canyon University, 2003
• B.Ed. in Secondary Education, Math and Chemistry from University of Idaho, 1998
• B.S. in Mathematics from University of Idaho, 1998
• Honors Certificate from University of Idaho, 1998