New appointments at Trinity Western University's Bellingham Campus

Dan Sanford

Washington state businessman and academic, Dr. Dan Sanford, has been hired by Trinity Western University to direct its Bellingham campus. The Canadian University's Bellingham campus offers an accelerated adult degree completion program in which adult learners have the opportunity to complete an undergraduate degree in a Multidisciplinary Major in Social Sciences or a Bachelor Degree in Psychology with a Certificate in Human Services from Trinity Western University. The University recently received an A+ in quality of education in the Globe and Mail's University report card.

Sanford, former director of the School of Global Commerce at Whitworth University in Spokane and professor of international management, will step into his new post while continuing some teaching duties at TWU's main campus in Langley, B.C. Sanford has been part time professor at Trinity Western University in addition to being co-owner of Launching Success Learning Store, a Bellingham educational retail business.

Sanford was a long time professor at Whitworth. He served as the institution's director of international programs, as associate Academic Dean, and as director of graduate studies in management. He has also been visiting doctoral instructor at Soong Sil University, Seoul, Korea, and adjunct professor in the College of Business at Western Washington University. A resident of Lynden, Sanford has been active in Kiwanis, Birchwood Community Presbyterian Church and the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce. He has been a board member for the Whitworth School of Global Commerce and the International Higher Education Commission of the Presbyterian Church.

“Trinity Western University brings a different dimension of values-based education to students who are unable to attend in Langley,” says Sanford. “It will be a privilege to invest in the lives of these people and to see how our programs can grow in cooperation with the other educational institutions in our area. We cannot replicate the undergraduate experience student's gain while attending the main campus, but we hope to retain TWU's core character in the Bellingham program.”

This is the first extension campus in the US by Trinity Western University. Other satellite campuses include The Laurentian Leadership Centre in Ottawa which specializes in political science and the Salt Spring Island campus which is an ecological field study area for natural science research. The Washington extension campus is located in Blossom Commons, 143 W. Kellogg Road in Bellingham. More information can be found by visiting or by calling 360-527-0222.

Lynell Friesen

Trinity Western University has appointed Lynell Friesen to the position of Assistant Director for its Bellingham, Washington campus program.

Friesen, a resident of Blaine, will be involved primarily with community relations and admissions for Trinity Western University in Bellingham. He has had prior experience in human services with the Department of Labor and the Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. He has also had previous positions in marketing, sales and church ministry. He is a graduate of LeTourneau College, Longview Texas, and Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida.

Debra Hanenburg

Mental health counselor Debra Hanenburg has been appointed Assistant Director of the Trinity Western University's Bellingham campus. Hanenburg will serve as the program's career specialist in Human Services providing special enrichment events and assisting with various parts of the University's academic program in Bellingham.

She was previously a clinical administrator and special education coordinator for Timber Ridge Center and was also in private practice in Lynden. Additionally she has served as a university resident director and teaching assistant.

Hanenburg received her Masters of Counseling from Trinity Western Seminary and University and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.

Last Updated: 2007-10-11
Author: Erin Mussolum