Roy Atwood

New Saint Andrews College

Roy Atwood is the president and a founder of New Saint Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho.


Roy Alden Atwood is the president and a founder of New Saint Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho. He previously taught journalism history, media law and international communication at the University of Idaho’s School of Communication at the University of Idaho for almost 20 years, serving as the Director of the School for the last five. He also served on the journalism faculty at Gonzaga University (WA, 1981-84) and was a Visiting International Development and Training Professor at Egerton University’s Media Centre (Kenya, East Africa) in 1992.

He has been a Senior Fulbright Scholar twice, first at Warsaw University’s Institute of Journalism in Poland in 1991 and also at the Institute for Communication Research at Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education in South Africa in 1998. He conducted funded post-Communist media policy research in Poland, the Czech Republic, and Hungary in 1995. His scholarship in media history received the Faculty Research Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s History Division in 1993.

His scholarly books, monographs, and journal articles and reviews on media studies have been published in Canada, England, South Africa and the United States. He is a former editor of The Journal of Communication Inquiry, the founding book review editor of American Journalism, and served as a guest editor of Ecquid Novi: Journal for Journalism in South Africa in 1998.

He holds a Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of Iowa, a master’s degree in religion from Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia), and a bachelor’s in philosophy from Dordt College (Iowa). Dr. Atwood is a teaching elder of Trinity Reformed Church in Moscow, Idaho. He and wife Beverlee have been married for 37 years and have two children and ten grandchildren.