John is a retired educator having served as Dean of Admissions at Davidson College followed by 9 years as President at Lyon College and 15 years at Presbyterian College. He received a B.A. from Dickinson College, an M.Div from Harvard Divinity School, and a Ph.D from Syracuse University. In 2012, he began consulting in higher education focusing on strategic planning, executive coaching, and campaign design. He is the cofounder of Ballentine Consulting Partners, LLC. John enjoys watercolor painting, gardening, walking and biking the greenways, swimming, and traveling with his, author wife, Nancy.