Dr. Mark Husbands is the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) at Northwestern College. In addition, he holds a doctorate in moral and political theology from the University of St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto. As VPAA, he seeks to foster Christ-centered work for the common good by advancing an educational experience where students learn how to connect their intellect, gifts, passions, and hopes, to God's calling to the highest and best life. Dr. Husbands is responsible for the oversight and management of an annual $12,460,900 budget in support of 87 full time and 109 part-time faculty members, and over 1250 students. As the VPAA, he also supervises the work of academic Deans, the Registrar’s office, Directors of library, computing services, audiovisual services, academic support, institutional research, honors program, NWCore, freshman year seminar program (FYS), global education, institutional assessment, and the Franken Leadership Center.
Prior to joining Northwestern College in 2016, Dr. Husbands was the inaugural occupant of the Leonard and Marjorie Maas Chair of Reformed Theology at Hope College. His commitment to the contemporary significance of Christian theology, combined with his longstanding concern for the moral, intellectual, and spiritual formation of students, led him to champion the moral theology of Karl Barth while developing the Emmaus Scholars Program: a program that engages students, academically, socially, and spiritually, with the goal of cultivating a lifelong commitment to integral mission, racial reconciliation, and community development.