December 20, 2018 – CarterBaldwin Executive Search and Trinity Western University have announced the appointment of Mark Husbands as the university’s next president.
Bill Peterson, co-leader of the firm’s non-profit and academic search practice, led the assignment.
Dr. Husbands was selected by the board of governors as their unanimous first choice after an extensive search, which included the involvement of key stakeholders and internal constituents of the university.
“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 Bob Kuhn, TWU’s current president who is stepping down in July. “I am confident Dr. Husbands will prove to be an exceptional leader to serve our beloved university in this exciting time of growth.”
Dr. Husbands comes to TWU from Northwestern College in Orange City, IA, 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, MI. His experience also includes six years as assistant professor of theology at Wheaton College in Chicago and two years at Tyndale University College and Seminary in Toronto, where he taught theology and directed its extension education and summer school.
“We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude for the dedicated leadership president Kuhn has provided to Trinity Western University,” said Lorne Jacobson, chair of Trinity Western University’s board of governors. “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.”
“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,” Mr. Jacobson said.
Dr. Husbands praised Trinity Western University’s 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,” he said.
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.
Veteran Search Firm
Headquartered in Atlanta, CarterBaldwin provides executive search services in the healthcare, technology, non-profit, consumer services, industrial and media/telecom sectors. Its clients include a number of name-brand institutions, such as KPMG, ADP, Teradata, First Data, Duke University, Pepperdine University, New York Life, Fleet Pride and Berkshire Hathaway.
Mr. Peterson recruits senior leaders for state university systems, private education institutions, non-profit entities, healthcare organizations and related companies. With over 15 years of executive search experience, he has led hundreds of searches for chief executive officers, presidents, provosts, vice presidents and deans for private and public institutions, as well as senior-level executives for corporate clients.
CarterBaldwin recently completed a number of searches across a variety of organizations. Here is a sampling from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:
Just recently, CarterBaldwin placed former MARTA executive Amanda Rhein as executive director of the Atlanta Land Trust. Associate partner Derek Broyard led the assignment. Ms. Rhein is a seasoned real estate professional with extensive experience facilitating public-private partnerships and community development.
The Tim Tebow Foundation, a non-profit global service for children, named Steve Biondo as its new president with the assistance of CarterBaldwin. Mr. Biondo’s most recent experience includes the founding and growth of a non-profit ministry which impacted 14 million orphans, widows and oppressed children over the past 10 years.
CarterBaldwin recently placed Peter Heintzelman as the new president and CEO of Cobb Electric Membership Corp. Most recently, Mr. Heintzelman served as interim group CEO of Alevo, an innovative energy storage technology and manufacturing company. He replaces Chip Nelson, who is retiring after 45 years.
After an extensive search, CarterBaldwin placed Kay Coles James as the first African-American president of the Heritage Foundation, a renowned conservative think tank. The assignment was conducted by Mr. Harding and associate partner Andrea McDaniel Smith. Ms. James’ ascension follows the ouster this spring of former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media