I have a broad and diverse background in higher education.  After completing Bachelor's degrees at the University of Michigan and the Moody Bible Institute, I earned a Master's and Ph.D. in history at the University of Notre Dame, where I studied with George Marsden.

After starting my career as a history professor, I served as a Fulbright Scholar to Germany in spring 2004.  That was followed by six years as academic dean at John Brown University, six years as provost at Cornerstone University, and four years as vice president at the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities in Washington, D.C., a higher education association with over 180 members worldwide.  Currently, I serve as regional vice president for academic partnerships at Acadeum, an organization dedicated to fostering collaboration in online education.

My career has been devoted to institutions that have learned to thrive with modest resources through efficiency and partnering with other organizations. Over the past two decades, I have visited over seventy colleges and universities on six different continents.

In addition to numerous articles and presentations, my books include The Life of Prayer in a World of Science (Oxford, 2001), Head, Heart, Hand: John Brown University and Evangelical Higher Education (University of Arkansas, 2003), and Reconsidering College: Christian Higher Education for Working Adults (Abilene Christian University Press, 2014).  My book, Why College Matters to God: Academic Faithfulness and Christian Higher Education (Abilene Christian University, 2009) is widely used as a first-year text by U.S. colleges and universities.


My wife Lonnie and I have four adult children and reside in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  I’m an avid cyclist who logs thousands of miles a year on my road bike.

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