Trinity Western University announces incoming President

Langley, British Columbia: Lorne Jacobson, chair of Trinity Western University’s Board of Governors, is pleased to announce Dr. Mark Husbands has been selected as the University’s fifth president. Husbands will succeed current President Bob Kuhn on July 1, 2019.

Husbands comes to TWU from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa where he serves as Vice President for Academic Affairs. Prior to joining Northwestern’s administration, he was the Leonard and Marjorie Maas Chair of Reformed Theology and Director of the Emmaus Scholars Program at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. His experience also includes six years as Assistant Professor of Theology at Wheaton College in Chicago, Illinois, and two years at Tyndale University College and Seminary in Toronto, Ontario, where he taught theology and directed its extension education and summer school.

“I have been impressed by the thorough work undertaken by the Search Committee to arrive at the choice of the person to serve as the next President of Trinity Western University,” said TWU’s current President Bob Kuhn. “I am confident Dr. Husbands will prove to be an exceptional leader to serve our beloved University in this exciting time of growth.”

By July, Bob Kuhn will have served as TWU President for six years. Following his presidency, Kuhn anticipates returning to Kuhn LLP to practice law part-time, as well as continuing with writing and speaking engagements and consulting on special projects.

“We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude for the dedicated leadership President Kuhn has provided to Trinity Western University. Bob’s relational and transparent style established a level of trust and goodwill that has facilitated tremendous growth and strength in our organization, enabling us to confidently recruit our next president,” said Jacobson.

Husbands was selected by the Board of Governors as their unanimous first choice after an extensive search was conducted, in which key stakeholders and internal constituents of the University participated.

“Mark has the credentials and experience to provide distinguished leadership, but more importantly, he has the heart and passion to provide servant leadership to our University and to advance the evangelical mission of TWU,” added Jacobson.

Husbands says of his new position, “With the noble goal of being a Christian university committed to developing godly Christian leaders to serve God and people in the various marketplaces of life, Trinity Western University has earned a stellar reputation for pursuing excellence in Christian higher education. Eager to advance the kingdom of God by educating learners to seek, know and follow Christ in the totality of their lives, I am thrilled to accept the invitation to become the next President of Trinity Western University.”

Founded in 1962, Trinity Western University is a private Christian post-secondary institution in Langley, British Columbia. It is a fully accredited university offering liberal arts and sciences, as well as professional schools in business, nursing, education, human kinetics, graduate studies, and arts, media and culture.

For more information contact:
Linda Munro
Trinity Western University Media Relations
Tel: 778-839-9649

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