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Extension Ministries Committee

  • Corporate body

Extension Ministries Committee oversaw campus tours, and established priorities and procedures for assignment of University groups and individuals for ministry in churches and elsewhere.

External Relations

  • Corporate body
  • 1987-2008

"The Advancement Division, comprised of alumni, communications, and development, will develop significant relationshps, profile the university, and cultivate resources to fulfill the mission of Trinity Western University." Mission Statement - February 2003

From 1987 or 1988 to September 1995 (alternate sources list 1992), Guy Saffold served as Vice President for University Advancement. He was succeeded by Ron Kuehl, who was in turn succeeded in 2002 by Doris Olafsen, formerly Vice President for Development. Olafsen resigned from the position, effective May 2005.
Other department heads include:
Hilary Beard, Director of Advancement Services
Ron Hendricks, Director for the US Foundation

In 1988, this division provided oversight to Enrolment Management, Church Relations, Development, Information and Media Services (later University Communications), and Extension Ministries. (Source: an organizational chart for the Division of University Advancement, dated May 1988) At some point between 1996 and 2003, this changed. As per the mission statement, as of 2003 the following departments reported to the Advancement Division: Alumni Relations, University Communications, and Development

In the spring of 2005, Eric Poxleitner joined the division as Executive Director of Campus Planning and Projects.

In August 2005, Dr. Neil Snider sent out a campus-wide email message announcing that Ron Kuehl would be returning to TWU to serve as Vice President for External Relations: "Reporting to the President, and a member of the President's Cabinet, Ron will provide senior administrative direction for the University's fund raising, communications, alumni, and business development programs. Ron will engage in government relations activities as assigned by the President and provide senior oversight and support for the collaborative university-wide effort in brand marketing in order to achieve the University's institutional goals and objectives, maximize donor potential, and increase the overall base of support ... He will also serve as the Executive Director of the University's two foundations ... As of August, Ron has begun leading the External Relations division (formerly Advancement) ... "

In August of 2006 changes to the administrative structure of several departments were made. The position of Vice President for Enrolment Management was closed. Further, "the admissions/recruitement functions for undergraduate, graduate and seminary and comprehensive enrolment planning will transfer to Ron Kuehl VP for External Relations effective immediately, along with the Financial Awards office." (Email from President Jonathan Raymond, August 3, 2006)

Ron Kuehl, Senior VP for External Relations, resigned from this position effective August 31. 2008.
(In 2008, Marilyn Crone was serving as Acting SVP for Enrolment Advancement.)

The roles and responsibilities of External Relations were absorbed primarily by the Development Department, with some areas also going to University Communications.

In May 2009 it was announced that Marilyn Crone would be resigning in September of the same year, following the appointment of Todd Erickson to the position of Vice Provost, providing "senior leadership for marketing and enrolment management."

I’m pleased to welcome Scott Fehrenbacher, M.A., into the role of Senior Vice President, External Relations, at Trinity Western University. In addition to filling an important role on our Executive Leadership Team, he’ll be leading the MarComm, Enrollment Management, and Alumni and Community Engagement teams.
Source: email from President Kuhn, January 11, 2016

Faculty Affairs Committee

  • Corporate body

Faculty Affairs Committee served to recommend policies concerning contracts, salaries, fringe benefits, rank and tenure, leaves of absence, sabbatical leave, faculty workload and working conditions. In addition, this committee acted as a grievance committee to which any individual faculty member or group of faculty could appeal. The committee organized faculty social events, and acted as the initial screening committee for all proposed faculty promotions.

Faculty Association

  • Corporate body
  • 1962-

FACULTY ASSOCIATION
The purposes of the Faculty Association are:

  1. To provide a forum for the discussion of faculty concerns regarding contracts, salaries, fringe benefits, rank and tenure policies, leaves of absence and sabbatical leave policies, faculty work loads, and any other matters relating to faculty working conditions and morale.
  2. To provide regular occasions for the Faculty Affairs Committee to report to the faculty on its activities, goals, and current projects.
  3. To provide the opportunity for grassroots faculty opinion to be polled on any proposal or issue before the Faculty Affairs Committee. While it could be legitimately assumed that the results of such polls should have a significant influence on the elected representatives on the Faculty Affairs Committee, such poll results would not be deemed to be binding on those representatives.
    Persons who hold at least a half-time academic appointment for the full academic year at Trinity Western University shall be members of the Association for the academic year (including faculty members on sabbatical or other leave). “Academic appointment” is understood to include instructors and professors; deans (excluding the Vice President (Academic) and the Dean of Undergraduate Studies); professional librarians; and the Registrar. A member may resign from the Association by so notifying the secretary in writing.
    Officers of the Association [also referred to as the Faculty Association Executive or FAX] consist of the Chair, the Secretary, and the other three elected members of the Faculty Affairs Committee.* [Members of the Executive typically serve a two-year term.] The Faculty Association normally meets the first Tuesday of every month. It may meet more frequently at the request of the Chair. In addition, a special meeting may be requested by five or more members. A quorum shall consist of one-half of the faculty members employed full-time by the university.

FACULTY MEETINGS
The general faculty includes all teaching personnel, educational administrative staff and other individuals as designated by the President. The faculty may advise the President on matters relating to the general academic operation of the University.

Meetings of the entire faculty are normally held twice monthly. A faculty business meeting is held the second Tuesday of each month. The Vice President (Academic) presides over most faculty business meetings. A professional development meeting is held the fourth Tuesday of each month. The Dean of Undergraduate Studies chairs these meetings for the whole faculty. Once per semester, the Faculties meet separately for a professional development meeting under the leadership of the Faculty Deans.
Part-time instructors are encouraged to attend, but only faculty employed at least half-time, the Deans, the Vice President for Student Life, the Registrar, the Director of Libraries and the Librarians may vote. The Vice President for Student Life may grant observer status at these meetings to Student Life personnel.
Each academic department holds regular meetings to discuss matters relating to the department. The department chair is responsible to call meetings and to submit minutes of the meeting to the Dean of his/her Faculty and to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies. Faculty Deans may also call meetings to discuss matters relating to their whole Faculty.
Source: Faculty Handbook 2000

Faculty Association Chairs have included the following:
Richard Walters (1973-1975); Dave Twiest (1976); John Klassen (1979); Deane Downey (1980); Stan Barker (1982); Harold Harder? (1986-1987); John Klassen (1989-1990); Harro Van Brummelen (1990-1991); Bob Burkinshaw (1991-1993); Barbara Pell (1993-1994); Ken Pudlas (1994); Craig Montgomery (1997); Christine Cross (1998); Rick Sutcliffe (2002-2006); Craig Montgomery? (2004?); Phil Goertzen (2006- ); Ken Pudlas (2009-2010); Marvin McDonald (2010 -2011? ); Dennis Venema (2012 - )

FACULTY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
This committee is responsible to the President. It's purposes are as follows:

  1. Recommend policies concerning contracts, salaries, fringe benefits, rank and tenure, leaves of absence, sabbatical leave, faculty workloads and working conditions;
  2. Act as a grievance committee to which any individual faculty member or group of faculty may appeal;
  3. Be responsible for organizing social events;
  4. Act as the initial screening committee for all proposed promotions.
    Source: Document filed in F 62 Box 3 File 11 [undated; ca. 1988]

*The members of the Faculty Association Executive also serve as the Faculty Affairs Committee, along with three members appointed by the President of the University. As of May 2005, these appointed members are the President, Academic Vice President, and the Academic Dean.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Corporate body
  • 1962-

The 1962-1963 Trinity Junior College Calendar states that the requirements for graduation included a minimum of six units of academic credit in English, four units in Religious Studies; three units in a Foreign Language, and "at least three units" of History, Psychology, Philosophy, or Sociology. The founding Faculty of Instruction - six individuals including Trinity's first President, who also served as Professor of Classics - included Leland Asa, Dean of Students and Assistant Professor of Psychology, Alice Asa, Instructor in Education, Benno Friesen, Instructor in English and History, and Enoch Mattson, Associate Professor of Religious Studies.
Department heads have included the following:
1997-1999: Bob Burkinshaw (Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences and Education)
1999-2015: Bob Burkinshaw (Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences)
2015- 2017 : Myron Penner (Dean, FHSS)
2017-2022: Todd Martin (Dean, FHSS)

Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences

  • Corporate body
  • 1962-

The 1962-1963 Trinity Junior College Calendar states that a minimum of three units (of thirty) of academic credit in Science was required for graduation. At that time, courses were offered in Biology, Geology, and Mathematics. Botany, Chemistry, Physics, and Zoology were offered the following year. The founding Faculty of Instruction - six individuals including Trinity's first President - included Richard (Dick) Walters, Assistant Professor of Biology.
Department heads have included the following:
1997-2009: Jack Van Dyke
2009-2016: Ka Yin Leung
2016- Craig Montgomery

Financial Services

  • Corporate body
  • 1962-

According to "On the Raw Edge of Faith," in 1962, Perry Havens was appointed to the position of Vice President of Business Administration (p. 78), as one of Trinity Junior College's first administrative officers. Mr. Havens also served as Bookkeeper for the College, and his wife, Verna Havens, served as Secretary and Cashier. According to correspondence, October 27, 1964 (F 08 Box 19) Mr. Kenneth Mathys of Vancouver, Washington became the school's new accountant, as Mr. Havens took on greater responsibilities in terms of travelling and representing the school. David Jaeger served as accountant through the 1970s.
In September of 1968, Lyle Vanderpoel was serving as Business Manager; Gary Sparr held that position from July 1972 to the summer of 1974, when R.A. Swanson succeeded him.
Archival records indicate that Nelson Weston was serving in the capacity of Director of Financial Development in 1970, and in May of 1974, R.A. Swanson took on the dual position of Comptroller and Personnel Director. The title "Business Manager" also appears beneath his name on several peices of correspondence.
In 1975, Stan Fryer is listed as Business Manager; in 1976, he is listed as Director of Business Affairs, and in 1977 or 1978, Reg Reimer became Comptroller for the College.
In October of 1979, Harvey E. Ouellette was appointed Director of Accounting and Finance, a position he held until his retirement in 1998. In his role as Chief Financial Officer, he was "responsible for the University's fiscal planning, reporting, budgetting and accounting." He reported directly to the President of the University.

An organisational chart dated July 1980 (F 5 Box 1 File 23) indicates that Doug Sneath was then serving as Director of Business Affairs, providing oversight to Conferences, Maintenance, Food Services, Custodial Services, the Snack Bar, and the Press. It therefore appears that Finance had become a completely separate department by this time.
According to a newspaper article dated Feb. 14, 1992, Bruce Traub was serving as Vice President of Business Affairs in 1992. A memo from January of the same year lists his position title as: VP for Business and Administration. He retired in December, 1993.

In November of 1998, it was announced that Jim Poulsen had been appointed Vice President for Finance. According to an email message dated November 27, 1998, "In his new position Jim will be responsible for providing overall financial leadership for the University, within the context of both day-to-day operations and longer-term strategic planning." Prior to his appointment, he had served the University for ten years as Manager of Accounting Services. As a member of the President's Office, Jim Poulsen reports functionally to Guy Saffold, Executive Vice President.
In September of 1999, the department was re-named "Financial Services." At that time, Ron Willms served as Manager, Financial Reporting; in July of 2000, he became Director of Financial Services.
On May 31, 2004, Guy Saffold announced the appointment of Ron Willms as Associate Vice President for Finance, ratified by the Board November 2004. Shortly thereafter, in February of 2005, Laurel Miller was appointed Director of Financial Services.

An intercomm announcement October 19, 2009, stated that as a result of the university's redisign plans Ron Willms would be leaving TWU, after twelve years of service. Jim Poulsen was listed as VP - Finance with Dale Clark identified as Senior VP - Administration & Resources.

A May 25, 2010 email announced that Dale Clark had resigned his position. Financial Services would report to Vice Provost Todd Erickson.

In November, 2011, it was announced that Derek Dawson, MBA, had been hired as the new Senior Vice President of Business Affairs, effective January 2012.

Donation processing and reporting responsibilities will be assumed by Financial Services under the leadership of Jackie Jansen, Associate Director.
Source: July 18, 2013 email from the President's Office

Derek Dawson resigned from Trinity Western University at the end of August, 2015.
Source: August 6 email from the President's Office

We’re continuing to strengthen Trinity Western University’s Executive Leadership Team with the appointment of Bob Nice, a seasoned financial management expert. He will serve as TWU’s new CFO and Senior Vice-President of Business Administration as of today, July 11. Bob will oversee TWU’s finance, human resources, information technology and campus facilities departments. His tasks will include strategic planning, development, implementation, administration and evaluation of all administrative and support units under his management.
Source: July 11, 2016 email from the President's Office

As of January 1, 2017, Sheldon Loeppky has accepted a position as Associate VP, Campus Initiatives, reporting to the Senior Vice Pres., Business Administration and CFO, Bob Nice, to work with special buildings and facility development, design and construction, including feasibility analysis, planning, coordination and quality review. He will be moving to the second floor of Reimer.
Source: email update from the President's Office
Loeppky resigned from this position in April, 2017.

Please be advised that Paul Johnston has decided to leave his position as Director of Campus Services at Trinity Western University for personal reasons.
Source: May 29, 2018 email update from ROBERT (BOB) NICE, MBA, CPA, CA
SVP Business Administration and CFO

Bob Nice resigned from TWU at the end of September, 2018.

The Executive Leadership Team are very pleased to announce that Aklilu Mulat - a TWU alumnus - has been appointed as the Senior Vice President, Business Administration and Chief Financial Officer. Aklilu will be fully onboard with TWU starting October 23, 2018.
Email from President's Office October 1, 2018

Flint, Peter W.

  • Person
  • 1951-2016

Professor of Religious Studies; Director, MA Biblical Studies; Co-Director, Dead Sea Scrolls Institute
Peter Flint was born in 1951 in South Africa. In 1972, Flint completed his first B.A. from Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. The following year, he obtained his Teacher's Higher Diploma from Johannesburg College of Education in South Africa. In 1979, he obtained a second B.A. in Classical Hebrew from the University of South Africa in Pretoria, followed by a M.A. in 1983. In 1990, Flint completed his second M.A. at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, followed by a Ph.D. in Old Testament and Second Temple Judaism in 1993, where is studied under Eugene Ulrich, the chief editor of the biblical Dead Sea Scrolls.

Flint arrived at Trinity Western in 1995 as a professor of Religious Studies. He was co-director (with Marty Abegg) of the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute at Trinity. In 1997, Flint published the Psalms Scrolls, which were the second largest portion of the biblical Dead Sea Scrolls. He was editor of the Great Isaiah Scroll. Flint's book "The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls" received an award from the Biblical Archaeology Society.

Peter married TWU School of Business professor Amanda (Dossett) Flint, MBA, CPA-CA, in 2000. In 2004, Flint was awarded a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Dead Seas Scrolls Studies, a position he held until his passing on November 3, 2016. Flint was posthumously awarded the honorary degree Doctor of Humanities at Trinity Western's 2017 commencement ceremony.

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