Calvin B. Hanson was a pastor and former missionary to Japan who had returned home due to a family emergency, and was working towards completing his PhD. He later wrote:
One day Arnold T. Olson, President of the EFCA, telephoned me to ask me to confer with him at headquarters. I had not the faintest idea what he wanted…
I had barely seated myself in his office when he began to fill me in on the plans for founding a college in British Columbia… I could have fallen off my chair when he said that I was being approached for the position of president!… The overwhelming reaction which swept over me was, “Why me, Lord?”…
Eventually I would conclude that under the circumstances had they approached a man with the right kind of experience and credentials he would have known better than to accept. Only a missionary would be crazy enough to try!…
That June , the Conference at Green Lake, Wisconsin would elect four men to administrative posts at the Canada College-to-be:
- President: Calvin B. Hanson
- Dean and Registrar: Enoch Mattson
- Dean of Students: Leland Asa
- Vice President for Business Administration: Perry Havens
Calvin B. Hanson. On the Raw Edge of Faith, pp 19-20
Calvin B. Hanson
Founding President Calvin Hanson in his office, ca. 1963.
[TWU Archives: 1998-01-3910]
A Favourite Pastime
President Hanson (on right) playing a game of chess with Professor of Mathematics, John Woodland, 197-.
[TWU Archives 1998-01-3209]
The Hanson Family
Calvin and Muriel Hanson with their three children, Brenda, Kent, and Pamela, just prior to leaving for TJC in 1962.
[TWU Archives 2009-09-0001]
The College watchword
See also: Calvin B. Hanson. On the Raw Edge of Faith, p 102
BF: And so there was a demand for excellence and I think we wanted that. Secondly we wanted character. And Cal [Hanson] had transported a couple of sayings from Wheaton College here. “If Christ is Lord nothing is secular.” There’s one of them.
MF: And that was important for this community to hear.
BF: Yes. And secondly, “Never doubt in the dark what God has told you in the light.” We still say it. And those were things that were very important. And I think the students went away with that. They talk about it yet.