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Academic Committee

  • Corporate body
  • ca. 1962 -1996

The Academic Committee was a subcommittee of the Board of Governors. The terms of reference were the following: approve all new courses and programs recommended by departments and divisions; approval of all matters of academic policy and procedure; court appeal for academic petitions; and, act as a long-range planning committee for the development of curriculum and programs. In the beginning, the Academic Committee was also responsible for admissions standards, continuing education, sabbatical leaves, tenure, and contracts. In the mid 1990s, the committee split to become the Undergraduate and Graduate Councils.

Academic Research Council (ARC)

  • Corporate body
  • 2013-

The Academic Research Council (ARC) provides advice and support to the Vice Provost of Research and Graduate Studies (VPRGS) and the Research and Academic Support (RAS) subcommittee of Senate. ARC will gather together research‐oriented faculty members alongside other university personnel involved in the research enterprise to consider issues related to research, to identify emerging issues, and to develop new research‐based initiatives. ARC will serve as a channel of communication between the VPRGS and the TWU research community to raise the internal and external profiles of the research contributions of the TWU research community. In addition, ARC offers input into the effective use of all resources, including intellectual, financial, and physical, to foster a strong research culture at TWU where faculty are inspired and encouraged to excellence in knowledge creation and discovery; contribute to the development and ongoing revision of the University's Strategic Research Plan; advise on ways to raise the internal and external profiles of research possibilities and contributions of the TWU research community; provide recommendations on the prioritization of research development opportunities and major institutional funding proposals, ensuring these align with University objectives; review proposals to establish new research institutes or centres or new research chairs or professorships; and establish subcommittees or task forces, as necessary, to fulfill the Council’s responsibilities.

Ad Hoc Committee

  • Corporate body
  • 1980-

The Ad Hoc Committee would be established over the years to meet the needs for a particular purpose as necessary. For example, the Ad Hoc, Student Assistant Committee served to look into the use of student assistants who supported scholarship to develop a policy to uniform the pay and classification of student work.

Administrative Committee

  • Corporate body
  • 1974-1997

The Administrative Committee of the Board is chaired by the President and consists of the Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs, Vice President Student Affairs, Vice President University Advancement, Vice President Business and Administration, Director of Finance, and Executive Assistant to the President. Representatives from TWU Student Association are invited to meet with the Administrative Committee twice each semester. The purpose of the Administrative Committee is to review the overall operation of the institution, coordinate and monitor goal setting procedures, establish a proposed institutional annual budget, review and update the committee system, and foster communication between the President and the various department heads. It is intended that the Administrative Committee meet weekly.
In September 1974 the President's Cabinet was renamed the Administrative Committee. Around 1997 the committee renamed itself the President's Cabinet.

Admissions Office

  • Corporate body
  • 1985 -

The Admissions Office provides prospective students and their families with information and counselling regarding the selection of - and enrolment in - undergraduate programs at Trinity Western University. Admissions personnel carry out a wide range of services and functions, including high school visits, representation at college and career fairs, on-campus visitation programs and campus tours, individual appointments with Admissions Counsellors, and academic advising and pre-registration for new students. This Office is responsible for the distribution of all information related to Trinity Western University and its undergraduate programs, including application procedures and policies and the Undergraduate Academic Calendar. The Admissions Office serves as a liaison between prospective and new undergraduate students and such University Departments as Financial Aid, Enrolment Services, and the Front Desk (Housing).
Prior to 1984, admissions functions were administered by the Registrar's Office. Admissions became a separate department ca. 1985.

Admissions Office Directors have included the following:
Guy Saffold, 1979-1981
Don Balzer, ca. 1982-1983
James (Jim) Cunningham, 1983-1988
Arvid Olson, 1989-1991 (Kirk Kauffeldt, Associate Director)
Kirk Kauffeldt, 1991-1995 (Mary Ellen Kuehl, Cam Lee, and Karen Manzer, Associate Directors)
Cam Lee, 1995-1999 (Jeff Suderman, Associate Director)
Jeff Suderman, 2000 - 2004 (Sam Rehman and Shannon Demant, Associate Directors; in March 2004 Mary Stewart was hired as Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions, to replace S. Demant, after a 16 month vacancy)

In 2003, Jeff Suderman was appointed Executive Director of Admissions, coordinating the work of the Undergraduate Admissions, School of Graduate Studies Admissions, and the Admissions Data Service Department. Sam Rehman was appointed to serve as the Director of Undergraduate Admissions. Tim Shulba was appointed Associate Director of Admissions. (Source: email announcement from Ron Kuehl, March 31, 2003)
In 2004, Jeff Suderman was appointed Vice President for Enrolment Management. (Source: email announcement from Neil Snider, August 12, 2004 ratified by the Board November 2004) Suderman left Trinity in August of 2006.

Brian Kerr, Director of Undergraduate Admissions (as per an email May 4, 2006
As per an email of January, 2007, Melissa Reed was Associate Director of Admissions.

The Director of the Admissions Office reports to the Vice President for Marketing and Enrolment Management (2003)
As of August, 2006, the reporting structure of this department was changed, such that admissions and recruitment functions, as well as comprehensive enrolment planning, were transferred to the office of the Vice President for External Relations

One sacrifice that affects many is to not have the heads of Enrollment Management and University Communications filled at this time. For the next one to two years, Derek Dawson will provide direct leadership to these areas of the University.
Both Brian Kerr, Executive Director of Admissions, and Laura Havercroft, Director of Admissions Sales Support, have assumed expanded roles. Laura has taken responsibility for managing our transfer student support processes and admissions events in addition to her existing responsibilities in admissions data services, admissions-related marketing, and online engagement. In addition to undergraduate admissions, Brian will assume leadership over our graduate and international (non-TWU Extension) recruiting through a newly-created role of Director of Graduate and International Recruiting.
Source: email from Interim President Bob Kuhn, July 18, 2013

Admissions Standards and Academic Probation Committee

  • Corporate body

The Admissions Standards and Academic Probation Committee served to advise on matters as foreign student enrollment, TOEFL score standards, enrollment projection procedures, admission standards and testing. In addition, the committee made decisions one the admissibility of all students with special attention to: a) students with marginal academic preparation; 2) students who are required to write Letters of Petition for re-admission. The committee also recommended and administered academic probationary regulations, and reviewed petitions from students appealing academic disqualifications.

Alumni Relations

  • Corporate body
  • ca. 1974 -

MISSION & GOALS 1994/1995

In 1994/1995, "the mission of the TWU Alumni Department [was] to encourage the continuing professional and spiritual growth of alumni and to promote enthusiastic loyalty, goodwill, and financial support for the University.
The department [sought] to accomplish this mission by developing and maintaining a strong network of mutually beneficial relationships among alumni and with the university by providing various services, advancement programs, informative communication and a variety of fund raising opportunities."
Source: archival records

TWU Alumni and Parent Relations Department

That all Trinity Western alumni will have a profound allegiance to the University and will desire to contribute to its greater vision by giving their time, expertise, influence, and resources

To effectively communicate and connect with Trinity Western alumni and students in order to foster and develop their on-going, lifelong connection to the University.

Operating Philosophy:

  1. To profile the TWU Alumni Department to key constituencies.
  2. To cultivate meaningful relationships with alumni, and students
  3. To partner with other departments within the University and other organizations outside the University
  4. To serve alumni, and students so that they know they are appreciated and valued

Core Values:

  • Biblical Authority: The TWU Alumni Department recognizes and embraces all the Bible teaches in regard to faith, ethical commitments, and way of life, believing it to be the ultimate standard of truth and hope.
  • Teamwork: The TWU Alumni Department commits to developing and sustaining deep trust within its team and all alumni volunteers
  • Excellence: The TWU Alumni Department pursues utmost excellence in everything it does
  • Results: The TWU Alumni Department works towards specific and predetermined results for everything it is involved with


  1. Communicate: To develop strategies and communication tools that will relay current news and events, advance the brand of the University, and provide opportunities for input and advocacy on issues relating to alumni. Further, it is our desire to develop a worldwide network that will facilitate the exchange of ideas, opportunities, contacts, and life stories between the University, alumni, students, and all affected stakeholders.

    • Establish Downtown Business Meeting (4 times per year)
    • Seattle Dead Sea Scrolls Event 2006
    • California Chapter
    • Ottawa LLC Events (Sept – January)
    • Legacy Mexico Cruise (Sept 2006)
  2. Development: To develop and manage relationships with alumni and students that will be of benefit to the greater university community. Effective relationship management will result in high affinity and engagement of alumni in University initiatives to help sustain the operations and growth of the University.

    • Develop a group of committed givers (Alumni 100 - $ 1,000 per year).
    • Mission Fulfillment Survey (Academic’s, Enrollment, Development)
    • Executive Director to handle portfolio
  3. Marketing: It is our desire to be a positive university culture carrier by keeping and establishing traditions and honoring the University’s heritage. To see the value of the University experience and reputation continue to develop and expand.

    • Mentoring/Networking through established programs
    • Assisting in the promotion of the University through participating in enrollment endeavors (Fairs, trade-shows, church presentations)

Source: Document forwarded by Paul Perschon December 14, 2005

The TWU Alumni Vision (October 2006) is That all Trinity Western Alumni will have a profound allegiance to the University, and will desire to contribute to its greater vision by giving their time, expertise, influence, and resources - glorifying God in everything.
The Mission of this department is To engage the Alumni of Trinity Western with the University, and maintain lifelong relationship with the university and with each other, synergistically working together to put our thumbprint on the world.

The Alumni Relations Department reports to Ron Kuehl, Vice President for External Relations
Source: Brenda Evans, October 2006

One archival document refers to an early alumni organisation established by Benno Friesen. (no dates)
1974 Benno Friesen Director of Alumni Relations (and Stewardship Consultant)
1975-1976 Val Hawkins Director of Alumni Affairs
1975 Pillar yearbook lists Dan Nyberg as Director of Alumni Relations
1976 Pillar yearbook lists Dan Nyberg as Director of Alumni Relations and Public Relations
1979 Lloyd Makaroff Campus Pastor who did 1/2 time work with alumni
1980 Barrie Palfreyman also had other responsibilities
1981-1984 Don Balzer also had other responsibilities
1985 Ruth-Anne Unger Coordinator of Alumni Affairs
1985-1986 Joanne Knowlson Coordinator of Alumni Affairs
1986-1988 Darcy Reimer Coordinator of Alumin Affairs; Alumni Coordinator
1988-1989 Diane Denney Alumni Affairs Coordinator
originally reporting to Dir. of Enrollment Mgmt.; when Jim Cunningham moved to
Director of Development her reporting line moved with him
1989-1990 Dean Snider
1990 Loyal Makaroff? (although Arivd Olson is referred to as Alumni Director in one incoming letter)
1992-1993 Loyal Makaroff Director of Alumni Affairs
1994-1996 Peter Van Giesen Director of Alumni Relations
1998-2001 Neal Diamond (August 1998 to October 2001)
2001-2003 Brenda Evans Coordinator of Alumni Relations (continuing, since 1994 - in absence of a departmental Director, also served informally as acting director)
2003 - 2005 Paul Perschon Executive Director of Alumni Relations (until January 2006)
2006- 2010 David Swan Director of Alumni Relations (from May 2006)
2010 Jocelyn Durston, Coordinator of the TWU IMPACT Program, took on the position of interim Director in November, following Dave Swan's departure
2011 -2016 Scott Campbell ('99) Vice President, Alumni and Executive Director of the TWU Alumni Association (as of October)
2016- Brady Schlecker ('10) Executive Director, Alumni Association, Alumni

1989-1991 Brian Ratzliff first elected president of A.A. - October 1989
1993-1994 Bruce Beck
1995-1997 Steven Friebel
2000- ? Andy Kemp
ca 2010- Aaron Fedora

The Alumni Relations Department understands the importance of connecting both alumni and students to each other and to the Department. A strong focus on profiling the Department to students is seen as vital to connecting with them when they become alumni. The Student Alumni Network (SAN), which consists of five student leaders whose primary focus is to run profile events, has been developed to address this issue. The SAN works closely with the ARD to put on events like Homecoming, Powderpuff Football, the Midnight Breakfast, and the Grad Banquet among others. As well, the ARD has been working with Global Learning Connections to develop the TWU Online Community that has just recently been launched on the 12th of this month ( This allows alumni to stay better connected with each other in a unique community. (accessed December 10, 2005)

Email announcement June 2, 2006 - Parents Program moves from Alumni Relations to the Office of the Dean of Students in Student Life.

In 2014 Scott Campbell was listed as the VP of Alumni & Community Engagement.
An August 20, 2014 intercomm announcement stated that: The Office of Community Engagement (OCE) is a new office at TWU that encompasses Alumni, Annual Giving, Church Relations, Data Services, University Events, and Corporate and Community Partners.

I am writing today to let you know that Scott Campbell, the TWU Alumni Association’s Executive Director and Vice President, Alumni & Community Engagement, has been offered a challenging new role with an Abbotsford-based Christian charity. He ... will be leaving TWU at the end of January.
Scott served as the first Executive Director of the new, independent, TWU Alumni Association, and is also the first alumnus to serve as a Vice President of Alumni ... we anticipate the Alumni & Community Engagement (ACE) team will continue to provide the leadership and support required to serve the other existing constituencies and initiatives (parents, fundraising, churches and events).
Source: email from President's Office, January 4, 2016

In March 2016 the Alumni and Community Engagement (ACE) department was renamed the Alumni Office.
Source: email from Aaron Fedora, President, TWU Alumni Association

Kelly Oh joined the Alumni Office in January, 2017, to serve as new Senior Coordinator, Events & Operations.
Source: email update from the Alumni Office

Associated Canadian Theological Schools

  • Corporate body
  • 1988 -

In 1985, representatives from four denominations, including The Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches of Canada, The Associated Gospel Churches of Canada, The Evangelical Free Church of Canada, and The Baptist General Conference of Canada met to discuss the possibility of cooperation in post-secondary education, including the preparation of pastors, church planters and missionaries for the challenges of the 21st century. Through prayer, planning, and much consideration, a new vision developed to work together in the Believers' Church tradition to reach Canada and the world with the Gospel.
In 1987, the Baptist General Conference established Canadian Baptist Seminary, and the Evangelical Free Church of Canada, along with TWU, established Trinity Western Seminary. Northwest Baptist Seminary, established in 1975 by the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches, relocated its operations from Vancouver to the Langley campus of TWU.
In the summer of 1999 Canadian Theological Seminary, operated by the Christian and Missionary Alliance, opened a western campus as part of ACTS. At the same time, Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, Fresno, California, relocated its BC Centre to the TWU campus and became part of the Consortium.
All the seminiaries are affiliated with TWU, with TWS being an operational part of the University. As ACTS, the five seminaries constitute the Graduate School of Theological Studies of Trinity Western University and enjoy maximum cooperation, effectiveness, efficiency, and quality. Part of this effective cooperation is the ACTS/TWU library.
Degrees in the consortium are offered "conjointly," that is, by the University and the participating Seminary together. In June, 1997, ACTS became an accredited member in the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).
A new ministry of ACTS was created in the Spring of 1998, the ACTS Intercultural Ministry Centre (AIM).
The ACTS Seminaries also maintain effective, on-campus partnerships with Canadian Pentecostal Seminary, the Canadian Institute of Linguistics, and a number of other ministry organisations.
All five seminaries occupy space in the Fosmark Centre (completed in 1993) on the TWU campus. The Consortium's goals are to strengthen each denomination's distinctives and mission; to provide the finest training designed to accelerate evangelism and the planting of New Testament churches; and to witness to our essential oneness of purpose in Jesus Christ or Lord.

The mission of ACTS is to develop godly servant leaders who have a love and burden for people based on a strong commitment to Jesus Christ, the Word of God, and the ministry of His church, who will energetically strengthen, revitalize and actively multiply communities of effective ministering believers in Canada and around the world.

As of 2002, seminary presidents were:
R. Neil Snider, President of TWU/TWS
Henry Schmidt, President of MBBS
Daryl Busby, President of CBS (since 1997)
Larry Perkins, President of NBS
George Durance, President of CTS

Source: 2001-2002 ACTS Catalogue

Wendell Phillips was appointed Registrar for ACTS in 1995. In August 2001, Phil Zylla was appointed Executive Director of ACTS.
In October, 2004, the Canadian Pentecostal Seminary joined the ACTS consortium.

As of 2008, seminary presidents were:
John Auxier, Acting President of TWS
Jim Holm, President of MBBS?
Daryl Busby, President of CBS
Larry Perkins, President of NBS
George Durance, President of CTS (Renamed Ambrose in 2007)
Jim Lucas, President of CPS

News Release, January 7, 2008:
Trinity Western University is pleased to announce that Ronald W. Toews has been appointed to the combined position of Principal for ACTS Seminaries and Associate Vice President of Graduate Theological Studies.
The position of Principal is not new to the Seminary but where it fits in the organizational structure of the University is. Responsive to the ACTS Joint Governance Committee, the Principal will sit and serve as a functional member of the TWU President's Cabinet and Provost's Office Team and will facilitate the ongoing integration of the Graduate School of Theological Studies within the greater University, among other responsibilities and roles.

Dr. Howard Andersen’s term as ACTS Academic Dean ended on April 30, 2008; he moves on to new employment at Power To Change.
Dr. Ken Radant, Associate Professor of Theology and Associate Dean of Ambrose Seminary, became the interim ACTS Academic Dean on May 1, 2008.
Source: Intercomm announcement, May 8, 2008

Dr. Kenton Anderson accepted the Northwest Baptist Seminary Board's offer to become its eighth President, effective January 1, 2011. The Board's decision and Dr. Anderson's acceptance culminate an 18 month process of succession planning and searching.
Dr. Larry Perkins is retiring from the role of president, a position he has held since 2000. He will be continuing at Northwest in a teaching capacity.
Source: Intercomm announcement, November 4, 2010

ACTS Seminaries is pleased to announce that MBBS Canada has appointed Dr. Bruce Guenther as Interim President and Developer for Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary (MBBS) Canada, effective immediately. Dr. Guenther has been on Faculty with MBBS/ACTS since 1999.
Source: Intercomm announcement, January 20, 2011

Board of Governors

  • Corporate body
  • 1961 -

According to "Active, Dynamic Governance: A Statement of the Role and Responsibilities of the Board of Governors of Trinity Western College" (revised 1982) the Board of Governors is legally responsible for the administration and general activities of TWU. The Board has four general functions which include:
1) Appointment or recall of the President
2) Establishment of University policy
3) Representation for public and community relations
4) Financial support.

Specific responsibilities of the Board, as the University's primary policy-making body, include:
1) Approval of changes or additions in objectives and major programs
2) Authorization of capital expenditures
3) Authorization for the disposal of assets
4) Approval of borrowings and other plans to finance the University operations
5) Establishment of controls essential to the protection of the rights and interests of contributors, the church, the staff, the faculty, the alumni, and the students
6) General (external) supervision of the University's Business, Academic, Student, Public Affairs, Seminary matters, approval of faculty hiring and faculty tenure
7) Establishment and revision of Constitution and By-Laws
8) Approval of long-range plans
9) Fixing charges and tuition/residence fees

As of August, 2002, five major committees operated within the Board of Governors:
1) Academic Committee
2) Business and Finance Committee
3) Student Life Committee (formerly known as Student Development Committee)
4) Development Committee (formerly known as University Advancement Committee)
5) Enrolment Committee (previously part of the University Advancement Committee which included the Seminary Committee)

The School for Canada Committee (January - June 1961) oversaw the early stages of the establishment and development of TWU. This committee was renamed the Trinity Junior College Committee (July - October 1961). The Governing Board of TJC held its first meeting on November 28, 1961. Initially, the Board of Governors consisted of nine members elected by the Evangelical Free Church of America, and was structured into three committees: an Academic Committee, a Finance Committee, and a Student & Personnel Committee. In 1976 a fourth committee, the Public Affairs Committee, was added. It was renamed the Development Committee ca. 1981.

In June 1979 the Board approved the election of 3 additional members, followed by 3 more in 1980. This brought the total number of elected board members to 15. In January 1982 the Board of Governors approved President Neil Snider's recommendation to create a 21 member board comprised of 15 members elected by the Evangelical Church of America and 6 members appointed by the elected board. When the Evangelical Free Church of Canada separated from the Evangelical Free Church of America in 1983 the Board of Governors underwent another change. It was determined that the Evangelical Free Church of America and the Evangelical Free Church of Canada would each elect 7 members to the Board of Governors and together those 14 elected members would appoint 7 additional members. Around this time the terms of office for Board members were amended to three years, with a maximum of two consecutive terms being served.

According to an overview provided by Ken Lawrence (archives files, undated) in 1990 "the role of the Board was redefined to focus on three areas of responsibility: fiscal responsibility; sharing in the establishment of creative vision; and responsibility for maintaining institutional integrity through its mission. In 1992 a fifth committee was added to the Board structure" and others were renamed. "The five committees are now: the Academic Committee; the Seminary Committee; the Business & Finance Committee; the Student Life Committee; and the University Advancement Committee. The Executive Committee was defined as the Board Chairman and the Chair of each of the five committees. In 1997 the Board was again enlarged to include the President of the TWU Alumni Association as an Ex Officio member. Also, the Chairman of the TWU Foundation was added as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board."

Initially the Board of Governors convened semi-annually with additional meetings called if necessary. In 1983 the Board decided to meet three times a year with meetings held in September/October, January/February, and April/May with additional meetings called if necessary. All Board members are asked to serve a three year term. The terms for the elected members begin in September and the terms for the appointed members begin in January.

During its November 2004 meeting, "the Board approved a number of by-law amendments ... to reflect the increased size of the Board – now 25 members (7 elected from EFCC, 7 elected from EFCA, and 11 appointed) plus 4 ex-officio members. (Source: Highlights of the TWU Board of Governors’ November 2004 Meeting distributed via email by Glen Forrester, Nov. 23/04)

TWU is governed by a Board of Governors to which the President's Cabinet reports. The board is comprised of distinguished Christian leaders from across Canada and the United States. TWU is moving to adopt a Carver Policy Governance model for the Board of Governors and the institution.
(Source: accessed September 20, 2008) As of this date, twenty individuals were identified as Board members.

As of November, 2008, the Board was officially comprised of twenty members, but steps were being taken to down-size to a total of thirteen members.
In May 2009, the Board was comprised of fifteen members, including President Raymond.

TWU has adopted a Carver Policy Governance model for the Board of Governors and the institution. The move toward Policy Governance has been a thorough process involving in-depth consultation with a wide variety of stakeholders.
Transition Process:
Aug 2006 - Board Governance Committee received orientation to Policy Governance from John and Miriam Carver in Atlanta.
Mar 2007 - TWU began working with an external coach in transitioning to Policy Governance.
Aug 2006-Aug 2007 - TWU consulted with stakeholders throughout Canada on Ends Policies.
Nov 2008 - The Board began to operate according to Policy Governance principles.

The University Senate was established in 2008 by directive of the Provost


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