Project Description

CarterBaldwin Executive Search together with Grand Canyon University (GCU) announces the appointment of Dr. Craig Detweiler as Dean, College of Fine Arts and Production.

Detweiler brings a wealth of both industry and theological knowledge to GCU, merging theology, arts, and culture with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Davidson College, an MFA from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, and an MDiv and PhD from Fuller Theological Seminary.

His 25-year career as a Hollywood writer and producer has always bridged the gap between faith and the entertainment industry, with the intention of combining the two worlds in a way that could help shape the narrative for how faith fits into entertainment.

Detweiler wrote the screenplays for The Duke and the road trip comedy Extreme Days, and directed the award-winning documentary Remand, narrated by Angela Bassett. His acclaimed books include iGods: How Technology Shapes Our Spiritual and Social Lives, Selfies: Searching for the Image of God in a Digital Age, and Deep Focus: Film and Theology in Dialogue, co-written with Robert Johnston and Kutter Callaway.

His cultural commentary has been featured on ABC’s Nightline, CNN, Fox, NPR, and in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Prior to his role at GCU, he served as a professor at Biola University, Fuller Seminary, and Pepperdine University. Variety honored Dr. Detweiler as their 2016 Mentor of the Year.

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About Grand Canyon University
Arizona’s premier private nonprofit Christian University, Grand Canyon University (GCU) is located in the heart of Phoenix and is dedicated to helping students change their lives for the better through education. Since its founding as a Baptist university, GCU has embraced a biblically rooted mission and today, is an interdenominational university which welcomes students from all backgrounds. While the university is clear about its identity as a Christian university and its foundational convictions, it is intentionally committed to living out faith within a context of missional community. GCU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and offers a rich mix of 200+ academic programs across nine colleges at the undergraduate and graduate levels in which students can enroll on campus and online. Most of the 21 GCU athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division I level in the Western Athletic Conference.