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Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs

Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs: Dr. Temba Mafico, Ph.D

Dr. Temba Mafico is the first Black and non-Westerner to graduate from Harvard University’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations with a PhD (1979); M.A. (1977) and Th.M. (1973). He majored in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible and ancient Biblical Languages. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of London (1970).

After completing his studies at Harvard, Dr. Mafico returned to his native land of Zimbabwe where he served as the University of Zimbabwe as senior chaplain and professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. His effective and motivating teaching skills have produced doctoral students who hold leadership positions in institutions in the United States and Africa.

Dr. Mafico has served as visiting scholar at Harvard Divinity School, Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, Andover Newton Theological School, Duke University Divinity School, Atlanta University and Candler School of Theology (Emory University). In 1977 he was a member of the excavation dig at Tel Dan with the late Dr. Avraham Biran, who was director of the Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology.

With his specialization in word study, Dr. Mafico has written seminal articles published in Bible dictionaries and commentaries that include: Yahweh’s Emergence as “Judge” Among the Gods: A Study of the Hebrew Root spt. Additionally, he has published a chapter commentary on “Judges” in the International Bible Commentary; “Judge/Judging,” “Just /Justice,” and “Ethics of the Old Testament” in the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary; “The Divine Name Yahweh Elohim and Israel’s Polytheistic Monotheism,” Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages; “God’s Call and the Requisite Preparation for Performing Various Ministries,” The Journal of the Interdenominational Theological Center; and “Patriarchs” in The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Vol. IV. He has also published articles in which he argues that there are close similarities between the Old Testament and African tradition.

With many years in administrative positions, Dr. Temba Mafico has distinguished himself with skills in developing processes, strategies and administrative structures that promote the ethos conducive to institutional effectiveness.

Dr. Mafico is an elder in full connection of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. At the 2011 Annual Conference, the bishop of the Sixth Episcopal District appointed him to serve as the dean of pastors. Rev. Mafico has traveled the world and has also lead church leaders and laity on spiritual renewal pilgrimages to holy places in Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Syria and Egypt (and other parts of Africa).

Mafico is married to Roslyn (Brake) Mafico, a former school principal and ordained elder in the CME Church. Together they have three children and six grandchildren.