Deana Porterfield


Roberts Wesleyan College

President: Roberts Wesleyan College
Rochester, NY

Dr. Deana L. Porterfield became the 11th President of Roberts Wesleyan College and the third President of Northeastern Seminary on July 1, 2014. President Porterfield is a visionary leader with a passion for Christian higher education.  As the College prepares for its sesquicentennial in 2016, Porterfield believes Roberts and Northeastern are positioned to be beacons of light in the northeast, creating hope for generations to come.

President Porterfield is a strong advocate of the ideals of B.T. Roberts, who, in 1866 founded Chili Seminary, which later became Roberts Wesleyan College.  By providing the best education to develop students academically, socially and spiritually, the College and Seminary accomplish their missions of Education for Character and Preparation for Ministry.

Prior to Roberts and Northeastern, President Porterfield served at Azusa Pacific University and Azusa Pacific Online University for 26 years in various roles, including Vice President for Enrollment Management, Chief of Staff, Senior Vice President for People and Organizational Development and Executive Vice President.

Originally from Watsonville, California, President Porterfield earned a doctorate in organizational leadership from the University of La Verne in La Verne, CA.  She also holds a master's degree in organizational management and a bachelor's degree in music from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA.

Deana and her husband Doug have two daughters.  Rebecca is married to Brenden and they have a daughter Violet.  Allison is a sophomore at Roberts.