About Niels-Erik Andreasen
Niels-Erik Andreasen is president of Andrews University and professor of Old Testament studies at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary in Berrien Springs, Mich. He served as president from 1994 until his retirement in 2016.
Born in Fredensborg, Denmark, Andreasen lived in Denmark for his first 19 years. He then studied at Newbold College, England, for three years and immigrated to the United States in 1963.
Andreasen graduated in 1963 with a bachelor's degree in religion and history from Newbold College, Bracknell, England. He holds two degrees from Andrews University: a Bachelor of Divinity, which he received in 1965; and a Master of Arts in Biblical studies in 1966. In 1971, he received a doctorate degree in religious studies from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.
In 1970, Andreasen began what has been more than a quarter of a century of teaching and leadership posts for Seventh-day Adventist colleges and universities. From 1970 to 1977, he taught religion at Pacific Union College, Angwin, California. From 1977 to 1990, he served in various positions at Loma Linda University (Riverside and Loma Linda, California, campuses). His most recent position at that institution was dean of the Loma Linda University School of Religion. In addition, he was a visiting lecturer in Australia, England, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Puerto Rico, France, Germany, and New Zealand.
In 1990, Andreasen was named president of Walla Walla College, College Place, Wash. He served in that capacity until July 1994, when he became the fifth president of Andrews University.
Andreasen is the author of three books, including "The Christian Use of Time" and "The Old Testament Sabbath," as well as various articles and reviews.
He has served on several hospital boards and Seventh-day Adventist executive committees, including executive committees of the Upper Columbia, North Pacific Union and Lake Union conferences.
He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Biblical Research Committee.
Andreasen is married to Demetra Lougani of Athens, Greece. Their son, Michael, and his wife, Marie, have one son, Caleb and a daughter, Jordan.